Julia Elton BA

Julia Elton is a long standing member of the Newcomen Society and was its president from 2005-2007. She has a profound knowledge of the literature of all branches of engineering over the last three centuries in the major European languages.

An antiquarian bookseller specialising in the history of engineering from the seventeenth century, she has produced a series of scholarly annotated catalogues. She co-wrote with Frank Newby the catalogue for ‘The Engineers’, an innovative exhibition they put on at the Architectural Association. She was involved in ‘The Triumphant Bore’, an exhibition at the Institution of Civil Engineers marking the 150th anniversary of the opening of M. I. Brunel’s Thames Tunnel, and co-author of the catalogue, to which she contributed an extensive bibliography. Shortly after this exhibition she played a prominent role in the successful campaign to save the Thames Tunnel.

She wrote a chapter in the recent Robert Stephenson: the eminent engineer and a number of entries for Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers, vol. II, (2007). She is writing further entries for vol. III. Her long standing interest in lighthouse optics led to her presidential address, ‘ A Light to Lighten our Darkness’. She is now working on part 2 of the paper, “New lamps for old – light sources and fuel”. She has recently been elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and an honorary member of the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers.

  • Forthcoming Events

    Sep
    24
    Mon
    2018
    6:30 pm Armour for the Grand Fleet @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Armour for the Grand Fleet @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by David Boursnell: Armour for the Grand Fleet. The role of Sheffield companies in making the face-hardened steel armour for the British Fleet that fought at the Battle of Jutland.
    Sep
    25
    Tue
    2018
    6:30 pm NW Regional AGM + Lecture: Georg... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    NW Regional AGM + Lecture: Georg... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Newcomen North West AGM followed by Peter Reed’s lecture:  George E Davis and the Dawning of Chemical Engineering in Britain. The founder of the Chemical Trade Journal who taught at Manchester Technical College – the[...]
    Oct
    3
    Wed
    2018
    7:00 pm The R101 Disaster and the Broken... @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
    The R101 Disaster and the Broken... @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
    Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Bryan Lawton
    Oct
    9
    Tue
    2018
    6:00 pm The Battle for a Grand and Deep ... @ NEWCASTLE Discovery Museum
    The Battle for a Grand and Deep ... @ NEWCASTLE Discovery Museum
    Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Leona Skelton: The Battle for a Grand and Deep River, The Tyne Improvement Commission’s Visionary Engineering Work, 1850 – 1968
    Oct
    10
    Wed
    2018
    5:45 pm Henry Ford’s Holiday in 1928 @ LONDON 75 Cowcross St,
    Henry Ford’s Holiday in 1928 @ LONDON 75 Cowcross St,
    Oct 10 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A lecture by Professor David Perrett: Henry Ford’s Holiday in 1928    . Please note change to venue.
    Oct
    16
    Tue
    2018
    6:30 pm The Refurbishment of Hammersmith... @ PORTSMOUTH University of Portsmouth
    The Refurbishment of Hammersmith... @ PORTSMOUTH University of Portsmouth
    Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    A lecture by Paul Jackson: Refurbishment of Hammersmith Viaduct. The lecture is planned to be held at the University of Portsmouth commencing at 6.30p.m.  The building and room will be confirmed in due course.
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