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

    Jan
    18
    Thu
    2018
    7:30 pm Four short papers @ BRISTOL, BAWA
    Four short papers @ BRISTOL, BAWA
    Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    A joint meeting with Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society when four short papers will be given
    Jan
    22
    Mon
    2018
    6:30 pm History of Gas Manufacture in th... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    History of Gas Manufacture in th... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Prof. Russell Thomas. This is a joint meeting with the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society
    Jan
    30
    Tue
    2018
    6:30 pm Stuffed in attic trunks and the ... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Stuffed in attic trunks and the ... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Jan 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    Michael Grace’s Presidential Address examines the value of detailed technical history and its status
    Feb
    7
    Wed
    2018
    7:00 pm Plastics – their origins and dev... @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Plastics – their origins and dev... @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Susan Mossman
    Feb
    15
    Thu
    2018
    7:30 pm Stuffed in attic trunks and the ... @ BRISTOL, BAWA
    Stuffed in attic trunks and the ... @ BRISTOL, BAWA
    Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Michael  Grace’s Presidential Address. 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[...]
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