Events

Nov
20
Tue
2018
Development of Fleet Submarine 1910 – 1918 @ PORTSMOUTH Room PO 1.11, Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
Nov 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A lecture by Duncan Redford: Development of Fleet Submarine 1910 – 1918The lecture is planned to be held at the University of Portsmouth commencing at 6.30p.m.  The building and room will be confirmed in due course.

Nov
26
Mon
2018
The Engineer and the Metallurgist defeat Heat, Corrosion and Cold @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
Nov 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

A lecture by Dr David Dulieu: The Engineer and the Metallurgist defeat Heat, Corrosion and Cold – 50 years of technical applications of stainless, heat and corrosion resistant high alloy steels 1913 – 1963

Nov
27
Tue
2018
Cold War to Coal Trains @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
Nov 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A joint meeting with the Computer Conservation Society. Please note start time of 18.00.Jonathan Aylen’s lectureJoint Meeting with Computer Conservation Society:  Cold War to Coal Trains –  TOPS – British Railways’ first computer based train operating system. How computers helped transform British Rail from a craft based industry to modern management

Dec
5
Wed
2018
From Cold War to Coal Trains: TOPS – British Railways first computer based train operating system @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Jonathan Aylen

This paper jointly written Jonathan Aylen, Vice President of the Newcomen Society, and Bob Gwynne of the National Railway Museum reports on British Rail’s adoption of a real-time, nationwide computer system in the early 1970’s to control its freight traffic. It gives a new view of British Rail, keen to modernise and adopt modern management practices.  The radical American technology was based on know-how from a Cold War air defence system designed to protect the US from Soviet bombers.  Based on interviews and new archive sources, the paper unfolds the unknown story of how British Rail brought advanced telecommunications and modern digital techniques to the task of overhauling its elderly goods network.

Dec
11
Tue
2018
Lecture TBC @ PORTSMOUTH Room PO 1.11, Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
Dec 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Dec
12
Wed
2018
William Marriott: engineer of a Norfolk railway and pioneer of reinforced concrete @ LONDON Dana Studio
Dec 12 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

A lecture by Alan Hayward: William Marriott: engineer of a Norfolk railway and pioneer of reinforced concrete

Jan
2
Wed
2019
The Cobb Land Speed Record Car @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
Jan 2 @ 4:07 pm – 5:07 pm

A lecture by Dr Jim Andrew

Jan
9
Wed
2019
The ‘Vergniais’ cast iron arch bridges @ LONDON Dana Studio
Jan 9 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

A lecture by Bernard Espion: The “Vergniais” cast iron arch bridges: a French capital venture in times of technological change (1850-1860)

Jan
10
Thu
2019
Lecture TBC @ BRISTOL BAWA
Jan 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jan
15
Tue
2019
Steam Reforming – The Technology that Saved the Gas Industry, with special emphasis on Portsmouth Gas Works @ PORTSMOUTH Room PO 1.11, Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
Jan 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A lecture by Dr Fred Starr: Steam Reforming – The Technology that Saved the Gas Industry, with special emphasis on Portsmouth Gas Works

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
28
Thu
2019
Bulldozers  @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
Mar 28 @ 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

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    Am very pleased to say that I've article in Phil Trans of Royal Society A (!) available via open access

    From theory to engineering practice: shared telecommunications knowledge between Oliver Heaviside & his brother & GPO engineer Arthur West Heaviside
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