Isle of Wight Industrial Archaeology Society
Isle of Wight Industrial Archaeology Society
Isle of Wight Industrial Archaeology Society

Up-dated : January 2023


We are trying to find people with memories of the Pluto pipeline in Sandown or Shanklin - its construction, operation etc. Any memories or first-hand information would be most welcome and treated confidentially. Please use e-mail at the foot of the page.


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Field Trips                   Monthly Presentations                   Research                   Excavations

An informal organization supporting a number of historical ventures. Members encourage an informal atmosphere in which they can propose and partake in practical research and excavation as well as documentary research. Some of our projects are linked on this page.
The Rise and Fall of Northwood House


PLUTO Pipeline: BAMBI Fuel Storage Reservoir (TOTO)
PLUTO Pump-houses at Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Medway Queen Preservation Society
Paddle steamer conservation
The Mill on the marsh
at Newport
The Lost Windmill
of West Cowes
Moon's Hill structures What are the Moons Hill Structures?
Alum Bay cliffs The Alum in Alum Bay
Isle of Wight Rocket Man
paper mill The Island's 18th century
Paper Mill
Joseph Nye
An East Cowes-based shipbuilder
Isle of Wight
Brickmaking History
Minor Fortifications
of the
Isle of Wight

Markers Shelter, Chale, Isle of Wight
The Earliest Example of Concrete Housing?
Isle of Wight Fulling Mills
The Cowes Giant Cantilever Crane
The History of Bembridge Isle
'Gouda' Bricks at Whippingham Church
Calbourne Roller Mill
Ryde's Pioneering Bicycle Maker
Pictures of Whitecroft Hospital
[web page belonging to
Abandoned Britain]
Robert Hooke's pioneering
telegraph system
Freshwater in the 17th century
The Ventnor Funicular Railway that Never Was

Medina Cement Mills

Information is urgently sought concerning the Medina Cement Works on the west bank of the River Medina.
If you have any sort of personal experiences, documentary material or photographs of the site, we would love to hear from you. Any lent material will be handled with utmost care and in strictest confidence.

Golden Hill Fort,
Freshwater, Isle of Wight.

Any personal reminiscences from service personnel, who were stationed at the fort, or their relatives would be most welcome. Information about everyday life, facilities, training, domestic life, barrack work etc.

Any photographs of the fort when in use by the army as a training centre, depot or barracks are especially welcomed. Scans sent as attachments will be gratefully accepted. Any photos lent will be looked after with the utmost care and returned as quickly as possible. If you can help, please contact
Thank you.


The Archimedes Project
The Archimedes Project is an excellent website that makes 16th and 17th century manuals and treatises available online. The works available are mainly on topics such as architecture, mechanics, fortifications, pyrothechnics, machines and mining. The works are available in their original form as images and text.

The Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library
Cornell University Library has digitized fifty full-text works on the history and theory of machines. The collection contains mostly 19th- and early 20th-century books, but there are also some very useful 17th and 18th century works on the subject of machines, engineering and mechanics.

A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 5, including the Isle of Wight.
Part of British History Online.


The recording of twentieth century military sites in the United Kingdom.

In the Search drop-down menu, select Where. In the right hand field, type in Isle of Wight. This will provide all the entries for the Island.
A REVIEW OF THE DEFENCE OF BRITAIN PROJECT explains what this project is all about.

18th century French encyclopaedia and other primary sources


The AIA is the national organisation for people who share an interest in Britain's industrial past. It brings together people who are researching, recording, preserving and presenting the great variety of this country's industrial heritage.

The Newcomen Society is the world's oldest learned society devoted to the study of the history of engineering and technology.
Online Archive : the Society have made their publications available online in this excellent archive. This is fully searchable and each article can be downloaded for 10 +V.A.T.

I.A.Recordings make video records of working industry as well as the remains of past industries.

Rob Martin


Isle of Wight Industrial Archaeology Society


Isle of Wight Industrial Archaeology Society is not responsible for the content of external sites.

Created: May 2009
Updated: Jan 2023