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

    Feb
    28
    Tue
    2017
    6:30 pm Rocket Sites: The infrastructure... @ MANCHESTER: Museum of Science and Industry
    Rocket Sites: The infrastructure... @ MANCHESTER: Museum of Science and Industry
    Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Wayne Cocroft (Historic England). The vital contribution of research facilities and infrastructure required to deploy high–tech defence systems is often neglected in the history of technology.  Surviving test sites stand not only[...]
    Mar
    1
    Wed
    2017
    7:00 pm The Brooke Family of Coalbrookdale @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    The Brooke Family of Coalbrookdale @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Paul Belford: The Brooke Family of Coalbrookdale
    Mar
    7
    Tue
    2017
    5:45 pm The Presidential Address @ LONDON: The Dana Centre,
    The Presidential Address @ LONDON: The Dana Centre,
    Mar 7 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    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[...]
    Mar
    9
    Thu
    2017
    2:00 pm History of the hydroelectric in... @ EDINBURGH: National Museums of Scotland
    History of the hydroelectric in... @ EDINBURGH: National Museums of Scotland
    Mar 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    A lecture by Ian Marchant.
    Mar
    13
    Mon
    2017
    6:30 pm Henry Ford’s Holiday – Collectin... @ SHEFFIELD: Kelham Island Museum
    Henry Ford’s Holiday – Collectin... @ SHEFFIELD: Kelham Island Museum
    Mar 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Professor David Perrett:  Henry Ford’s Holiday – Collecting British steam engines in 1928.  For directions to Kelham Island Museum please visit:- www.simt.co.uk/find-us  Free parking at Kelham Island Museum for up to 40[...]
    Mar
    21
    Tue
    2017
    2:00 pm Frank Hornby & Mechanical Toys –... @ NEWCASTLE: Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
    Frank Hornby & Mechanical Toys –... @ NEWCASTLE: Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
    Mar 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    A lecture by Deborah Jaffé. 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[...]
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