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.

 

 

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).

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.

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