Events

Nov
21
Tue
2017
Developments in Heavy AA Artillery WW2 @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building, Rm PO1-11, University of Portsmouth
Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A lecture by Geoff Smith

Nov
22
Wed
2017
William Fairbairn and the Iron Girder Bridge @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
Nov 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

A lecture by Richard Byrom

Nov
28
Tue
2017
A call to ARMs @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

A personal account from Professor Stephen Furber,  the developer of the RISC chip used in all your smartphones. This is a joint meeting with The Computer Conservation Society. Please note earlier start time of 6pm

Dec
6
Wed
2017
Two Knights at Pandemonium: the Creighton Brothers at Boulton, Watt & Co c.1800-1820 @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Professor Jennifer Tann

Dec
13
Wed
2017
Understanding the Gas Industry’s Evolution and Environmental Legacy – using high resolution analysis of gas tars @ LONDON Dana Studio,
Dec 13 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Dec
21
Thu
2017
Shipbreaking versus the Law @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building,
Dec 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A lecture by Michael Galley

Jan
3
Wed
2018
Locating and Repairing Faults in Submarine Cables in the Victorian Era @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Jan 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jan
10
Wed
2018
Made in Britain: an oral history of British applied science and engineering @ LONDON: The Dana Studio,
Jan 10 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

A lecture by Dr Sally Horrocks and Dr Tom Lean

Jan
16
Tue
2018
Portable Wireless in the RN @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Bldg,
Jan 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A lecture by Clive Kidd

Jan
18
Thu
2018
Four short papers @ BRISTOL, BAWA
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A joint meeting with Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society when four short papers will be given

Jan
22
Mon
2018
History of Gas Manufacture in the UK @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

A lecture by Prof. Russell Thomas. This is a joint meeting with the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society

Jan
30
Tue
2018
Stuffed in attic trunks and the minds of aging scientists”? Reflections on Technical History and the History of Technology @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
Jan 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Michael Grace’s Presidential Address examines the value of detailed technical history and its status

Feb
7
Wed
2018
Plastics – their origins and development from Parkesine to Bakelite @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Dr Susan Mossman

Feb
14
Wed
2018
The Development of the Engineering Drawing Office @ LONDON: The Dana Studio,
Feb 14 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Feb
15
Thu
2018
Stuffed in attic trunks and the minds of aging scientists @ BRISTOL, BAWA
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Michael  Grace’s Presidential Address. Stuffed in attic trunks and the minds of aging scientists? Reflections on Technical History and the History of Technology

It is widely accepted that the world as we know it today can only be understood by reference to technology and its history.  However, it is the impacts and consequences of technologies, rather than their inherent technical development, that provides that understanding. As technologies have become more science-based and complex, it is increasingly difficult for those without specialist knowledge to fully understand and appreciate how these technologies work, how they arose and how they were developed. Whilst the benefits of studying the history of technology as a factor in understanding social, economic and political history is more or less self-evident, the benefits of studying the fundamental underlying technical history is less so.  For example, to what extent do historians need to understand the technical development of aviation in order to understand and appreciate the social impacts of air travel in the second half of the twentieth century? The lecture will consider the value of studying detailed technical history and the ‘amateur and recreational’ status sometimes accorded to such study, together with other related topics, in the context of the Newcomen Society.

Feb
16
Fri
2018
On the Centenary of the Royal Air Force, 1918-2018. Leonardo Torres Quevedo and the RNAS @ The Gallery
Feb 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

A lecture by Dr. Francisco A. Gonzalez Redondo, Please note venue is at the Gallery, Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EL

Feb
20
Tue
2018
Dirty but Necessary: South Hampshire and the Seaborne Coal Trade l700-1850 @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Bldg, Rm PO1-11
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A lecture by James Thomas

Feb
26
Mon
2018
Brunel’s Fan @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

A lecture by Michael Bailey. This is a joint meeting with the Stephenson Locomotive Society

Feb
27
Tue
2018
Who designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge? Fact & Fiction. @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
Feb 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A lecture by Julia Elton.

Mar
7
Wed
2018
James Watt and the Lunar Society @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Dr Jim Andrew. Doors open at 6.30pm.  For Sat Nav, use postcode B4 7AP

Mar
13
Tue
2018
Ken Barraclough Memorial Lecture: History of Satellite Navigation @ SHEFFIELD Holiday Inn Royal Victoria
Mar 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Ken Barraclough Memorial Lecture by Norman Bonner. This is a joint meeting with the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association and the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society. This talk is open to all and there is on site car parking providing you register your car at reception.  The talk is followed by the SMEA Members’ Dinner. Contact Dr Ken Ridal (0114 230 5650 or kenridal@stonedelf.fsnet.co.uk).

 

Mar
14
Wed
2018
Changing Waterscapes: managing water in 18th-century London @ LONDON: The Dana Studio,
Mar 14 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Mar
15
Thu
2018
Building and deploying Blue Danube: Britain’s first atomic weapon @ BRISTOL, BAWA
Mar 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A lecture by Jonathan Aylen, Building and deploying Blue Danube; Britain’s first atomic weapon (Joint meeting with the Bristol branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society).

Jonathan Aylen of the University of Manchester pieces together the remarkable technical development of “Blue Danube” – Britain’s first atom bomb.  Its technology relied on pragmatic solutions to solve new technical problems. Some of the biggest difficulties arose not from the fissile nuclear components, but from everyday practical concerns such as fuze design, the trigger mechanism, shaping conventional high explosives and getting the free-fall bomb to actually leave the bomb bay of the aircraft. At one stage Britain’s nuclear posture was threatened by a shortage of clockwork components!  The Government turned to a maker of tank engines in Leeds for key components. Vital parts of the bomb depended on a firm making hot water bottles in Barnsley. When first deployed, the atom bomb was a craft built prototype which was continually modified in service in a search for greater reliability.    Britain’s first atomic bomb was a truly awesome weapon, but developed after it had been pressed into service as a front-line deterrent on Britain’s V-bomber force.  Britain’s post-war nuclear deterrent was the product of a “suck it and see” evolution. There are clear lessons for modern innovation.  Technology seems simple – you spend on R&D and new products appear.  But, in practice, innovation is a messy, gritty and chance process improvised using resources to hand.  Mis-steps often involve the simple parts of a new design. In practice innovation is often a process of problem solving. New designs emerge by a process of trial-and-error. Jonathan Aylen is senior lecturer at Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at Manchester Business School, Vice-Pesident of the Newcomen Society and author of earlier papers in the Newcomen journal on the construction of the Shotton steelworks strip mill and on the development of the Ferranti Argus computer used by both ICI and the Bloodhound 2 guided missile.  Jonathan’s paper will also show how the atomic bomb reached the West Country!

 

Mar
20
Tue
2018
Railways and Warfare 1865-1914 – The ‘World’ follows the Yankees @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Bldg, Rm PO1-11
Mar 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A lecture by Bob Otter

Mar
27
Tue
2018
Bulldozers @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
Mar 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

A lecture by Ralph Harrington

Apr
4
Wed
2018
Richard Trevithick’s Lambeth Engine @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by David Hulse,

Lectures start at 7pm.  Doors open at 6.30pm and we meet in the Thintank Lecture Theatre, Level 2 at Millennium Point.    For Sat Nav, use postcode B4 7AP

Apr
11
Wed
2018
John Pender (1816-96) the Cable King @ LONDON: The Dana Studio,
Apr 11 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Apr
19
Thu
2018
Canal Lifts @ BRISTOL, BAWA
Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A lecture by Denis Dodd

Apr
23
Mon
2018
Hip and Knee Replacement – a surgeon’s perspective @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
Apr
24
Tue
2018
How (not) to Make Money – Countering Banknote Forgery @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Bldg, Rm PO1-11
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A lecture by Paul Chapman

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