Ian Miller

Assistant Director, Salford Archaeology, Centre for Applied Archaeology

  • Peel Building LG19
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  • E: i.f.miller@salford.ac.uk

Office Times

09:00am - 17:00pm


With more than 29 years’ continuous experience as a professional archaeologist, I am currently the Assistant Director of Salford Archaeology within the Centre for Applied Archaeology, University of Salford. I have been responsible for delivering a wide range of both research and commercial projects, including the production of archaeological assessments, heritage appraisals, cultural heritage chapters for environmental statements, conservation management plans, historic building surveys, evaluations, and excavations, in addition to providing consultancy advice to private developers, and various local authorities and national bodies across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

I have particular specialist knowledge of the historic textile industry in north-west England, and have provided specialist consultancy advice for Lancashire Museum Service during repairs to Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, a Scheduled Monument in Rossendale, and fulfilled all the archaeological requirements associated with the repair and refurbishment of the Grade II listed Victoria Mill and Sandygate Mill in Burnley on behalf of Burnley Borough Council.

In 2004-07, I managed a three-year programme of research-based survey and excavation of the Grade II* and Grade II listed buildings that for the Murrays’ Mills in Ancoats, Manchester’s oldest surviving steam-powered cotton mill complex, which I took to publication as an academic monograph in 2007. I am currently acting as a consultant for Manchester City Council during the refurbishment of the listed buildings to ensure that heritage interests are secured. Between 2008-15, I led the Lancashire Textile Mills Survey, a strategic research project funded by English Heritage (now Historic England), which enabled Lancashire County Council to develop a long-term management strategy for historic textile sites.

Building on the success of the survey, I am currently project managing a review of the historic textile mills across Greater Manchester, another strategic research project that is again being undertaken on behalf of Historic England. In recognition of my expertise I provided the illustrated text for Historic England’s ‘Introduction to Heritage Assests: Textile Mills’, and have acted as a special witness to several planning appeals that involve proposed alterations to historic textile mills.

In addition to my extensive knowledge of the historic textile industries, I have particular expertise and deep-rooted interests in the development of the iron industry, particularly in the context of north-west England. My expertise of the region's iron industry originated from my excavation of an 18th-century blast furnace in Maryport. In 2003, I directed an initial research excavation at the 17th-century Cunsey Forge in South Lakeland on behalf of the Lake District National Park, with a second season of excavation in 2016, and carried out the associated documentary research and resultant post-excavation analysis. In 2015, I directed the community-led archaeological investigation of a late medieval bloomery site at Blelham Tarn, also in South Lakeland.


BA Archaeology & Geography with Professional Experience

Research Interests

Industrial development of north-west England, with particular reference to the textile, iron and glass industries; the process of Manchester and Salford’s industrialisation during the 18th and 19th centuries, and; the manufacture and distribution of medieval and post-medieval pottery in north-west England.

Qualifications and Memberships

BA (Hons) Degree Geography (Lancaster University);

Fellow of London Society of Antiquaries (FSA);

Member of Council for the Association of Industrial Archaeology and Co-Editor of Industrial Archaeology Review;

Member of Council for British Archaeology North West Industrial Archaeology Panel.


Refereed Journals:

Miller, I & Glithero, J 2016, 'Richard Arkwright's Shudehill Mill: The Archaeology of Manchester's First Steam-Powered Cotton Mill', Industrial Archaeology Review, 38(2), pp.98-118.

Miller, I 2014, 'Wearside Pottery: A 20th-Century Potworks in Sunderland', Industrial Archaeology Review, 36(1), pp.24-31.

Miller, I & Railton, M & Bradley, J 2014, 'Peter Gate, Cumwhinton: Archaeological Investigation of a Medieval Rural Site', Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, 3 Series(14), pp.63-102.

Willmott, H & Miller, I & Jackson, C 2012, 'Glass Recipes and the Output from a 19th-Century Glass Works: Examples from Percival, Vickers & Co Ltd, Manchester', Industrial Archaeology Review, 34(1), pp.51-64.

Wood, P & Bradley, J & Miller, I 2008, 'A Pottery Production Site at Samlesbury, Lancashire', Medieval Ceramics, 30, pp.21-48.

Miller, I 2005, 'Iron-working at Cunsey Forge: The Archaeological and Documentary Evidence from an Initial Survey', Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, 3rd Series(5).

Miller, I 2005, 'The Roman Settlement at Old Carlisle', Trans Cumberland Westmorland Antiq Archaeol Soc, 3rd Series(5), pp.25-30.

Miller, I 2000, 'The Netherhall Blast Furnace, Maryport', Historical Metallurgy, 34(2).

Fletcher, M & Miller, I 1997, 'Recent Archaeological Work on the Holm Cultram Sea Dyke, Skinburness, Cumbria', Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, 2nd Series(97), pp.203-216.

Edited Books:

Miller, I & Wild, C 2007, 'A&G Murray and the Cotton Mills of Ancoats', 1st edition, Oxford Archaeology North, Lancaster, UK

Miller, I 2002, 'Steeped in History: The Alum Industry of North-East Yorkshire', 1st edition, North York Moors National Park Authority, Helmsley, United Kingdom.

Book Sections:

Miller, I 2012 'The Post-Roman Pottery', in: Leech, R & Gregory, R (eds.), Cockermouth, Cumbria: Archaeological Investigation of Three Burgage Plots in Main Street, 1st edition, Cumbria Archaeological Research Reports, 3, Kendal, United Kingdom, pp.37-46.

Miller, I 2011 'The Post-Roman Pottery from the Medieval Defensive Ditches', in: Newman, R (ed.), Carlisle: Excavations at Rickergate, 1998-9 and 53-55 Botchergate, 2001, 1st edition, Cumbria Archaeological Research Reports, 2, Kendal, United Kingdom, pp.30-38.

Zant, J & Miller, I & Murphy, S & Hughes, V 2011 'Archaeological Excavations on a Roman Cemetery, Industrial Site and Medieval Suburb at 53-55 Botchergate, Carlisle, 2001', in: Excavations at Rickergate, 1998-9 and 53-55 Botchergate, 2001, 1st edition, Cumbria Archaeological Research Reports, 2, Kendal, United Kingdom, pp.71-117.

Bradley, J & Miller, I 2010 'The Medieval and Post-medieval Pottery', in: Howard-Davis, C (ed.), The Carlisle Millennium Project: Excavations in Carlisle, 1998-2001. Volume 2: The Finds, 1st edition, Oxford Archaeology North, Lancaster, United Kingdom.

Miller, I 2007 'Archaeological Investigation at Cunsey Forge: An Interim Report', in: Brooks, G & Irwin, C (eds.),Master of Them All: Iron making in Cumbria, First edition, The Cumbrian Industrial History Society, Carlisle, United Kingdom, pp.27-48.

Miller, I 2006 'Case Study 4: Cotton Mills in Ancoats, Manchester', in: Science forHistoric Industries: Guidelines for the Investigation of 17th-19th-Century Industries, 1st edition, English Heritage, Swindon, United Kingdom, pp.10-11.

Other Publications:

Miller, I & Plummer, A 2016, Gin Pit: The Archaeology of an Historic Coal-Mining Settlement, (Greater Manchester's Past Revealed, 16), Lancaster.

Miller, I & Wild, C 2015, Hell Upon Earth: The Archaeology of Angel Meadow, (Greater Manchester's Past Revealed, 14), Lancaster.

Gregory, R & Miller, I 2015, Greengate: The Archaeology of Salford's Historic Core, (Greater Manchester's Past Revealed, Volume 13), Lancaster.

Redhead, N & Miller, I 2014, An Ancient and Historic Place: The Archaeology of Cheadle, (Greater Manchester's Past Revealed, Volume 12), Lancaster.

Gregory, R & Miller, I 2013, Uncovering the Estate: The Archaeology of Dunham Massey, (Greater Manchester's Past Revealed, Vol 10), Lancaster.

Miller, I 2013, Cotton, Coal and Chemicals: The Industrial Archaeology of Clayton, (Greater Manchester's Past Revealed, Volume 9), Lancaster.

Miller, I 2012, An Industrial Art: The Archaeology of Calico Printing in the Irwell Valley, (Greater Manchester's Past Revealed, Volume 6), Lancaster.

Miller, I 2011, Rediscovering Bradford: Archaeology in the Engine Room of Manchester, (Greater Manchester's Past Revealed, Volume 4), Lancaster.

Miller, I & Aldridge, B 2011, Discovering Coccium: The Archaeology of Roman Wigan, (Greater Manchester's Past Revealed, Volume 3), Lancaster

Miller, I & Wild, C & Gregory, R 2010, Piccadilly Place: Uncovering Manchester's Industrial Origins, (Greater Manchester's Past Revealed, Volume 1), Lancaster