The Presidential Address

Posted: September 7th, 2016
When:
March 7, 2017 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
2017-03-07T17:45:00+00:00
2017-03-07T19:45:00+00:00
Where:
LONDON: The Dana Centre,
165 Queen's Gate
Kensington, London SW7 5HD
UK
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Prof David Perrett

The Presidential Address by Michael Grace.

“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.

  • Forthcoming Events

    Mar
    30
    Thu
    2017
    11:00 am Visit to National Museum Wales C... @ NANTGARW, National Museum Wales Collections Centre
    Visit to National Museum Wales C... @ NANTGARW, National Museum Wales Collections Centre
    Mar 30 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
    There are still a few places available on our 30 March 2017 visit to South Wales. The plan is that we meet at 11am the National Museum Wales Collections Centre, Nantgarw, where the staff will[...]
    Apr
    5
    Wed
    2017
    7:00 pm The Thames Tunnel @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    The Thames Tunnel @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Julia Elton: The Thames Tunnel
    Apr
    12
    Wed
    2017
    5:45 pm Frank Hornby & Mechanical Toys –... @ LONDON: The Dana Centre,
    Frank Hornby & Mechanical Toys –... @ LONDON: The Dana Centre,
    Apr 12 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 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[...]
    Apr
    19
    Wed
    2017
    6:00 pm ICI Billingham and Steam Reformi... @ NEWCASTLE: Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
    ICI Billingham and Steam Reformi... @ NEWCASTLE: Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
    Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Fred Starr FIMMM, C.Eng. It will surprise anyone younger than middle aged, that British Gas, in the 1950s seemed doomed, almost deservedly so. The world’s oldest energy conversion company, it was[...]
    Apr
    20
    Thu
    2017
    7:30 pm R101 Disaster and the Broken Ele... @ BRISTOL BAWA
    R101 Disaster and the Broken Ele... @ BRISTOL BAWA
    Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    A lecture by Bryan Lawton: R101 Disaster and the Broken Elevator Cable
    Apr
    24
    Mon
    2017
    6:30 pm Stealth – its history and techno... @ SHEFFIELD: Kelham Island Museum
    Stealth – its history and techno... @ SHEFFIELD: Kelham Island Museum
    Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Professor Barry Chambers:  Stealth – its history and technology.  For directions to Kelham Island Museum please visit:- http://www.simt.co.uk/find-us
  • Twitter Feed


  • Latest News

    • NLinks 241 now published

      Calendar Add to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When: March 7, 2017 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm 2017-03-07T17:45:00+00:00 2017-03-07T19:45:00+00:00 Where: LONDON: The Dana Centre, 165 Queen’s Gate Kensington, London SW7 5HD UK Cost: Free Contact: Prof David […]

    • Presidential Address, London

      Calendar Add to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When: March 7, 2017 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm 2017-03-07T17:45:00+00:00 2017-03-07T19:45:00+00:00 Where: LONDON: The Dana Centre, 165 Queen’s Gate Kensington, London SW7 5HD UK Cost: Free Contact: Prof David […]

    • Newcomen & Colleagues’ Achievements untainted by the Smokescreens of Watt

      Calendar Add to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When: March 7, 2017 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm 2017-03-07T17:45:00+00:00 2017-03-07T19:45:00+00:00 Where: LONDON: The Dana Centre, 165 Queen’s Gate Kensington, London SW7 5HD UK Cost: Free Contact: Prof David […]

    • 2017 Summer Meeting

      Calendar Add to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When: March 7, 2017 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm 2017-03-07T17:45:00+00:00 2017-03-07T19:45:00+00:00 Where: LONDON: The Dana Centre, 165 Queen’s Gate Kensington, London SW7 5HD UK Cost: Free Contact: Prof David […]

    • More News...