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
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    2017
    6:00 pm The Byzantine Water Supply of Co... @ NEWCASTLE: Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
    The Byzantine Water Supply of Co... @ NEWCASTLE: Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
    Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    A lecture by Professor Martin Crapper
    Sep
    26
    Tue
    2017
    6:30 pm AGM + John ‘Longitude’ Harrison ... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    AGM + John ‘Longitude’ Harrison ... @ 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
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    2017
    7:00 pm Upminster Windmill and the Boult... @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Upminster Windmill and the Boult... @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Chris Hodrien, Bill Whitehead & Colleague
    Oct
    19
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    2017
    7:30 pm Ropemaking Machinery @ BRISTOL, BAWA
    Ropemaking Machinery @ BRISTOL, BAWA
    Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    A lecture by Edward Sargent
    Oct
    24
    Tue
    2017
    6:30 pm The Famous ‘Flying Scotsman’ – M... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    The Famous ‘Flying Scotsman’ – M... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Bob Gwynne who is an outstanding speaker from the National Railway Museum in York on a topic that needs no introduction. This is a (joint meeting with The Stephenson Locomotive Society.
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