imaginatively reworked to meet today’s transport needs. Public policy should favour such solutions wherever possible, taking measures to ensure the continuity and integrity of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, the textile mills of the Stroud valleys, the imposing warehouses and offices of Bradford’s Little Germany quarter, the workshops of the Shoreditch furniture trade.
What the future holds A key part of Neil’s manifesto for the future of industrial archaeology is that we should capture the human skills that characterize industrial processes, not just the silent machinery or the empty husks of buildings whose form and function is lost without the machines that determined their morphology. We have a very limited time in which to take the necessary steps, but there is still time – just – to do this, because there are places in the world, such as India, China and Brazil, where older industrial processes still survive. In fact, Neil firmly believes that the relics of industrial enterprise are as important to some communities and their cultural
Right A far cry from today's motorway sheds, Manchester's merchants built warehouses of great architectural bravura, like Lancaster House, built for Lloyd's Packing Warehouses Ltd in 1907
Photo: English Heritage
Below Owned by the National Trust, Levant Mine near Penzance dates from 1820, and has the oldest working steam-powered beam engine in Cornwall. It is part of the Cornish Mining Landscape that was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007. Photo: Stuart Smith