Events

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.

 

 

Jun
19
Tue
2018
An engineering study of the station at Liverpool Road Manchester @ MANCHESTER Renold Building, University of Manchester
Jun 19 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

A meeting led by Institution of Structural Engineers at which  Bill Harvey will speak on  “An engineering study of the station at Liverpool Road Manchester – an examination of the construction and development of the station from 1830 to the present”

Jul
13
Fri
2018
Newcomen Society Annual Conference & Tour Teesside Friday 13 to Tuesday 17 July @ TEESSIDE, Middlesbrough
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – Jul 17 @ 6:00 pm

Teesside Flyer

Having taken into account wishes of the membership this new type of conference will be led by Jonathan  Aylen and Dr Fred Starr. Based in Middlesbrough in NE England it will focus on the rich, engineering and industrial history of the Teesside area. There is a wealth of options for visits and access to sites that are seldom open as well as behind the scenes visits. Planned highpoints include:
A steam locomotive under construction at Darlington Locomotive Works.
Darlington North Road Station on the Stockton to Darlington Railway.
Ascent of the fully working Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge; visits to other historic and noteworthy Tees Bridges.
Friday tour to sites in Hartlepool, north of the Tees
Monday at the mouth of the Tees, visits to Saltburn, and “the oldest water balanced cliff funicular in Great Britain”, an iron ore mine and works, and Topps Wrought Ironworks.
Tuesday on plant visits and Tees Cottage Pumping Station, which has the largest working gas engine in Europe, a surviving producer gas plant, a large beam engine and boiler house and early electric pumps.

Oct
20
Sat
2018
Symposium: The White Salt Industry @ NORTHWICH The Lion Salt Works Museum
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

An all-day Symposium on the technologies associated with White Salt is being organised by the North West Branch. It will take place at The Lion Salt Works Museum outside Northwich (10 minutes from M6 Junction 19) in Autumn 2018. Cheshire salt was known to the Celts and the Romans, but the emergence of Cheshire into Britain’s primary salt source was dependent on the development of the local transport infrastructure, including the Weaver Navigation and the Trent and Mersey Canal. Salt extraction in Cheshire continues on a major scale today, both through rock salt mining and through solution mining to provide brine for White Salt production and as feedstock for the local chemical industries.
The Symposium will look firstly at the geology of the Saltscape, the history of subsidence due to ‘wild’ brine pumping and touch on the challenge posed to HS2 as it passes through the salt country. We then have speakers on the historical development of both the production and the transport technologies for White Salt in Cheshire. The day will continue with speakers on the ‘wild brine’ pumping technology used at Lion Salt Works and at Murgatroyd’s in Middlewich. We round off with a speaker on the modern ‘controlled’ solution mining technology developed in the early 20th century at Preesall near Fleetwood and deployed in Cheshire today. The day promises a fascinating insight into some less widely understood technologies.
The Symposium will take place on Saturday 20 October 2018, please reserve that date in your diaries.
Details on costs and registration procedures still being firmed up,.
If you are interested in this event and wish us to keep you informed about it, please send your email address to:  the Symposium Secretary at meetings.north.western@newcomen.com

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