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

    Nov
    21
    Tue
    2017
    6:30 pm Developments in Heavy AA Artille... @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building, Rm PO1-11, University of Portsmouth
    Developments in Heavy AA Artille... @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building, Rm PO1-11, University of Portsmouth
    Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Geoff Smith
    Nov
    22
    Wed
    2017
    6:30 pm William Fairbairn and the Iron G... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    William Fairbairn and the Iron G... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Nov 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Richard Byrom
    Nov
    28
    Tue
    2017
    6:00 pm A call to ARMs @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    A call to ARMs @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 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
    7:00 pm Two Knights at Pandemonium: the ... @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Two Knights at Pandemonium: the ... @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Professor Jennifer Tann
    Dec
    13
    Wed
    2017
    5:45 pm Understanding the Gas Industry’s... @ LONDON Dana Studio,
    Understanding the Gas Industry’s... @ LONDON Dana Studio,
    Dec 13 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A lecture by Professor Russell Thomas
    Dec
    21
    Thu
    2017
    6:30 pm Shipbreaking versus the Law @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building,
    Shipbreaking versus the Law @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building,
    Dec 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Michael Galley
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