Events

Oct
19
Thu
2017
Ropemaking Machinery @ BRISTOL, BAWA
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A lecture by Edward Sargent

Nov
16
Thu
2017
Clifton Suspension Bridge: Facts and Fiction @ BRISTOL, BAWA
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A lecture by Julia Elton

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

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.

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)

Apr
19
Thu
2018
Canal Lifts @ BRISTOL, BAWA
Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A lecture by Denis Dodd

May
9
Wed
2018
The Dickinson Memorial Lecture @ LONDON: The Dana Studio,
May 9 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
May
17
Thu
2018
Frank Hornby and mechanical toys; Britain, Germany and the USA, 1880-1950 @ BRISTOL, BAWA
May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A lecture by Deborah Jaffé. The entrepreneurial Frank Hornby was the inventor of Meccano, The Hornby Railway and Dinky Cars. This lecture looks at the origins of his designs, the manufacturing processes involved,  the images of modernity within the toys and how Hornby achieved his aims to enable  children to learn mechanic; all within the context of the toy industries in Germany, Britain and the USA. Deborah is a cultural historian, the editor of Newcomen Links and author of The History of Toys (Sutton 2006).

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