William Fairbairn and the Iron Girder Bridge @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
Nov 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

A lecture by Richard Byrom

History of Gas Manufacture in the UK @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

A lecture by Prof. Russell Thomas. This is a joint meeting with the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society

Brunel’s Fan @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

A lecture by Michael Bailey. This is a joint meeting with the Stephenson Locomotive Society

Ken Barraclough Memorial Lecture: History of Satellite Navigation @ SHEFFIELD Holiday Inn Royal Victoria
Mar 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Ken Barraclough Memorial Lecture by Norman Bonner. This is a joint meeting with the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association and the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society. This talk is open to all and there is on site car parking providing you register your car at reception.  The talk is followed by the SMEA Members’ Dinner. Contact Dr Ken Ridal (0114 230 5650 or


Hip and Knee Replacement – a surgeon’s perspective @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
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.



Visits to AMRC and AESSEAL, Rotherham @ SHEFFIELD details to follow
May 21 all-day

The society has organised a visit to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) on the morning of Monday 21st May 2018, followed by an afternoon visit to AESSEAL.  On both these visits members will have opportunity to see some of the most advanced engineering and manufacturing in the world. Full details of the visit will be circulated nearer the time, but if you would be interested in attending please let me know as soon as possible as numbers are strictly limited to 20 members and places will be allocated on a first come basis.

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