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These web pages have been produced by Avon Industrial Buildings Trust (AIBT) to champion the industrial archaeology of the Bristol/Avon area a region that can rightly claim to be one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution as many of the industrial process were at the cutting edge of the technologies of their time.

Time has not always been kind to the area's industrial infrastructure. While some buildings and structures are still in use today, or been lovingly preserved, there are many others that have either been deliberately demolished or allowed to decay into nothing. Which makes it all the more important to preserve what is left now for the enjoyment of future generations.

map of Avon area showing location of projects

The AIBT is a small charity that has been working on the preservation of the area's industrial infrastructure since 1980. It normally works with partners, such as local councils and other heritage organisations, on its projects, and aims to hand over the long term running of the sites to local groups. Past projects include the restoration of the Midford Aqueduct, and its current (2020) ones include the conservation of the buildings at the Brandy Bottom Colliery near Pucklechurch (a Scheduled Ancient Monument), and the restoration of Brunel's Grade 2*-listed swing bridge at the entrance to Bristol docks.

Information on our current and past projects can be found on the relevant sub pages of the website by using the 'Projects' tab at the top of the page. Their locations are shown on the map on the right.

If you would like to join us, or wish to know more about us, please contact us at info@aibt.org. We hope you enjoy reading about our diverse projects...

There are links to the websites of other organisations in the relevant pages, and also at the bottom of the 'More about AIBT' page.

Heritage Open Days 2020 and Bristol Open Doors 2020

Brandy Bottom will NOT be open as part of the National Heritage Open Days scheme in September 2020.

Brunel's Swing Bridge plans to open on 12 September as part of the Bristol Open Doors scheme, though this may change at short notice depending on the goverment's Covid-19 regulations at the time and the availability of the volunteers. More information on this event can be found on the Brunel's Swing Bridge events page.

COPYRIGHT of all the images has been retained by the respective photographers. The AIBT would like to thank them for permission to use their images on the website.

The email address for the webmaster is info@aibt.org

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