Events

Oct
4
Wed
2017
Upminster Windmill and the Boulton & Watt Bell-crank Type ‘Helper’ Engine @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Chris Hodrien, Bill Whitehead & Colleague

Nov
1
Wed
2017
A History of Mine Transport @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Dr Tom Elliott

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

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
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

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

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

May
9
Wed
2018
The Dickinson Memorial Lecture: Measuring greatness: engineering biography- scholarship, hagiography or a marketing tool? @ LONDON: The Dana Studio, Wellcome Wolfson Building,
May 9 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

The Dickinson Memorial Lecture will be given by Mike Chrimes. the title of his lecture is Measuring greatness: engineering biography- scholarship, hagiography or a marketing tool?

Mike Chrimes is a long-standing member of the Newcomen Society, serving on its Council and acting as Reviews Editor for many years. He is currently involved in the inter-societal organising committee for the Early Main Line Railway Conference, 2018. He became interested in the history of engineering through his work in the Library of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a concern over the paucity and meagerness of the literature of the subject. He has written and lectured extensively on the history of civil engineering, including contributions to The Civil Engineers (2011), and The Contractors (2014) with Hugh Ferguson. Hugh and Mike are now working on The Consultants. From 1996 Mike was involved with ICE’s Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers Project, which resulted in 3 volumes covering the periods 1500-1830 (2002); 1830-1890  (2008) and 1890-1920 (2014). Other books include Civil engineering 1839-1889 (1991); The Civil engineering of canals and railways (1997); Historic concrete (with Sutherland and Humm) (2002) and Robert Stephenson– (with Michael Bailey) (2003). Mike has written numerous papers and served on English Heritage’s Industrial Archaeology Panel. In 2007 Mike’s historical contribution was recognised with the American Society of Civil Engineers History and Heritage Award. He has had a long career, at the ICE,  providing information on civil engineering. A belief in the capability of the internet and digital communications to deliver better, and better value, knowledge transfer for all members was fundamental to this. His service for ICE was recognised by the award of the Garth Watson medal in 1996, and again in 2014, and the Spirit of Telford Award in 2007 and was awarded an MBE in January 2011 for services to engineering.

 

 

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