The Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society was founded in 1968 to promote research into London's industrial past. In its early years it did lots of work recording buildings and machinery before things were closed and scrapped. Back in those days it was possible for a volunteer organisation to that, today that is no longer possible due to the greater professionalisation of such activities and more stringent security and health and safety issues.
It was very much involved in the original preservation of the Kirkaldy Testing Works in the 1970s and is still the main supporter of the museum.
Today GLIAS organises a lecture series, in the months of January to May, and walks from June to October. We also still act as a point of contact for those concerned about planning applications affecting the remaining industrial infrastructure in London.
This is part of a wider national and international community of people with similar interests, although in Britain things are more likely to be done by volunteers than elsewhere.
The Association for Industrial Archaeology is the nationwide organisation for the British Isles. It works closely with heritage bodies and government as well as being an organisation for individual members. The annual conference is the main event each year, this visits a different region each year, (usually a region defined in terms of a county).