Barrie Trinder has extensive experience of conservation issues relating to urban and social history and to industrial heritage in Britain and overseas, gained through membership of the board of TICCIH (The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage), through editorship of the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Industrial Archaeology, and as a result of wide-ranging teaching and research activities. While Senior Research Fellow at the Ironbridge Institute (1980-95) he was concerned with projects for English Heritage on the conservation of textile mills, and with pilot projects that preced the Monuments Protection Programme. He worked with Richard Cass Associates on proposals for the conservation of the Duisburg Meiderich blast furnaces, and subsequently provided advice to the Internationale Bauaustellung Emscher Park, the agency concerned with the regeneration of the northern part of the Ruhrgebiet. He has been concerned with the assessment of historical industrial sites in Germany, Italy and Spain. He has contributed substantially to the nomination of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is currently giving advice on a third.
Barrie Trinder is able to write fluently yet concisely about particular places or events in their historical and archaeological contexts, and to speak sensitively but eloquently about conservation issues to audiences of all kinds, professional and otherwise. His fieldwork skills include an ability quickly to gain an understanding of the historical contexts of buildings or sites. He has expertise in the interpretation of industrial heritage sites, and has considerable broadcasting experience. His specialisms include: