Events

Jan
28
Mon
2019
Who Designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge – Fact and Fiction @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
Jan 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

A lecture by Julia Elton: Who Designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge – Fact and Fiction. Construction of I K Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge was abandoned in 1853 and not completed until 1864 to a different design developed by Sir John Hawkshaw and W.H. Barlow. 

Jan
29
Tue
2019
It’s not just about the robot! @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A lecture by Bob Bowden: It’s not just about the robot! The development of automated welding

Feb
6
Wed
2019
Opportunities for Women in Wireless Telegraphy during World War One @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Dr Elizabeth Bruton

Feb
12
Tue
2019
Sir William Arrol & Co Ltd @ NEWCASTLE Discovery Museum
Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A lecture by Dr Miles Oglethorpe: Sir William Arrol & Co Ltd. This is a joint meeting with the Institution of Civil Engineers, North East Region Seniors Group

Feb
13
Wed
2019
The Presidential Address @ LONDON Dana Studio
Feb 13 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

The Presidential Address by Robert Taylor.

Feb
19
Tue
2019
HMS Warrior 1860 @ PORTSMOUTH Room PO1-11, Portland Building,
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A lecture by Tim Shaw: HMS Warrior 1860.

Feb
21
Thu
2019
Chepstow Bridge (1816) and John Rastrick @ BRISTOL BAWA
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A lecture by John Burrows: Chepstow Bridge (1816) and John Rastrick

Feb
25
Mon
2019
The Age of Machinery – Engineering in the Industrial Revolution @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

A lecture by Dr Gillian Cookson: The Age of Machinery – Engineering in the Industrial Revolution

Feb
26
Tue
2019
Learning Through Archaeology: Killingworth Billy @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Joint Meeting with the Stephenson Locomotive Society. Dr Michael Bailey and Peter Davidson: Learning Through Archaeology: Killingworth Billy

Mar
6
Wed
2019
The History of Gas Manufacture in the U.K. @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A lecture by Russell Thomas

Mar
13
Wed
2019
W J Macquorn Rankine’s early years @ LONDON Dana Studio
Mar 13 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

A lecture by Ben Marsden: Rediscovering the early career of W. J. Macquorn Rankine (1820-1872), engineering professor and scientist of energy

Mar
19
Tue
2019
Twyford Water Works ‘Return to Steam’ Project @ PORTSMOUTH Room PO 1.11, Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
Mar 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A lectute by

Martin Gregory: Twyford Water Works ‘Return to Steam’ Project.

Mar
21
Thu
2019
Rise and Fall-Steam and the Suspension Bridge @ BRISTOL BAWA
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A lecture by Stephen Jones

Mar
26
Tue
2019
Bulldozers  @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
Mar 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A joint lecture with the Institution of Structural Engineers:  Dr Ralph Harrington, Bulldozers

Apr
3
Wed
2019
The Early History of the Newcomen Engine @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Mike Potts

Apr
9
Tue
2019
Cold War to Coal Trains @ NEWCASTLE Discovery Museum
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A lecture by Jonathan Aylen: Cold War to Coal Trains – TOPS, British Railways’ First Computer Based Train Operating System

Apr
10
Wed
2019
From Peenemunde to Dortmund via Korea: A history of the Corporal Missile @ LONDON Dana Studio
Apr 10 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

A lecture by Simon Jump: From Peenemunde to Dortmund via Korea: A history of the Corporal Missile. A presentation on the development of the British Army’s first battlefield deployed, surface to surface, nuclear missile. Its conception by Wernher von Braun during the Second World War and its eventual deployment by the British Army in West Germany in the 1960s. Simon Jump was a serving member of The Royal Artillery and part of the Corporal guidance section, taking part in deployment exercises in West Germany and live firing launches on the Outer Hebrides.

Apr
18
Thu
2019
Severn Bridge @ BRISTOL BAWA
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A lecture by Don Hillman

Apr
22
Mon
2019
Newcomen S Yorkshire AGM + lecture: Steam below sea- the Royal Navy K Class steam turbine submarines of WW1 @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
Apr 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Newcomen S Yorkshire  AGM followed by Chris Hodrien’s lecture: Steam below sea- the Royal Navy K Class steam turbine submarines of WW1

Apr
30
Tue
2019
Lady Charlotte Guest at Dowlais @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
Apr 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A lecture by Dr Victoria Owens: Lady Charlotte Guest at Dowlais, 1833-55: how a pioneering Victorian businesswoman came to head the world’s largest ironworks

The Presidential Address @ PORTSMOUTH Room PO 1.11, Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
Apr 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Robert Taylor’s Presidential Address

May
8
Wed
2019
William Fairbairn – the Experimental Engineer @ LONDON Dana Studio
May 8 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

A lecture by Richard Byrom: William Fairbairn – the Experimental Engineer

May
16
Thu
2019
SS Xantho and the Penn Engine @ BRISTOL BAWA
May 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A lecture by

John Anning: SS Xantho and the Penn Engine


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