Events

Sep
12
Tue
2017
The Byzantine Water Supply of Constantinople @ NEWCASTLE: Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A lecture by Professor Martin Crapper

Sep
26
Tue
2017
AGM + John ‘Longitude’ Harrison – what did he actually achieve? @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Doug Bateman debunks the many myths surrounding Harrison and the Longitude Prize. The Newcomen North West AGM will take place on the same evening.

Oct
4
Wed
2017
Upminster Windmill and the Boulton & Watt Bell-crank Type ‘Helper’ Engine @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Chris Hodrien, Bill Whitehead & Colleague

Oct
11
Wed
2017
An Invention That Brought Daylight to Dark Victorian Buildings @ LONDON Alan Baxter Gallery
Oct 11 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Oct
19
Thu
2017
Ropemaking Machinery @ BRISTOL, BAWA
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A lecture by Edward Sargent

Nov
1
Wed
2017
A History of Mine Transport @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Dr Tom Elliott

Nov
8
Wed
2017
The SS Great Britain: a fresh image @ LONDON Dana Studio
Nov 8 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

A lecture by Malcolm Bishop

Nov
14
Tue
2017
The Willington Wagonway @ NEWCASTLE: Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
Nov 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A lecture by Dominique Bell

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

Nov
28
Tue
2017
A call to ARMs @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

A personal account from Professor Stephen Furber,  the developer of the RISC chip used in all your smartphones. This is a joint meeting with The Computer Conservation Society. Please note earlier start time of 6pm

Dec
6
Wed
2017
Two Knights at Pandemonium: the Creighton Brothers at Boulton, Watt & Co c.1800-1820 @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Professor Jennifer Tann

Dec
13
Wed
2017
Understanding the Gas Industry’s Evolution and Environmental Legacy – using high resolution analysis of gas tars @ LONDON Dana Studio,
Dec 13 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Jan
3
Wed
2018
Locating and Repairing Faults in Submarine Cables in the Victorian Era @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Jan 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jan
10
Wed
2018
Title to be confirmed @ LONDON: The Dana Studio,
Jan 10 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

A lecture, title to be confirmed,  by Dr Sally Horrocks and Dr Tom Lean

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
7
Wed
2018
Plastics – their origins and development from Parkesine to Bakelite @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Dr Susan Mossman

Feb
14
Wed
2018
The Development of the Engineering Drawing Office @ LONDON: The Dana Studio,
Feb 14 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
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
7
Wed
2018
James Watt and the Lunar Society @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Dr Jim Andrew. Doors open at 6.30pm.  For Sat Nav, use postcode B4 7AP

Mar
14
Wed
2018
Changing Waterscapes: managing water in 18th-century London @ LONDON: The Dana Studio,
Mar 14 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
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
4
Wed
2018
Richard Trevithick’s Lambeth Engine @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by David Hulse,

Lectures start at 7pm.  Doors open at 6.30pm and we meet in the Thintank Lecture Theatre, Level 2 at Millennium Point.    For Sat Nav, use postcode B4 7AP

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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