Events

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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