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Events


Oct
11
Wed
2017
Luxcrete: an invention that brought daylight to dark Victorian buildings @ LONDON Alan Baxter Gallery
Oct 11 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Luxfer 1905 P63A lecture by Ian Edwards. The origins of Luxcrete can be traced back more than 100 years to a British inventor based in the States who patented a product in the 1880s that used refraction of natural light to illuminate dark Victorian buildings. This system  performance was further enhanced by the prominent physics professor and spectroscopist Henry H Crew and leading light engineer Olin H Basquin.  Basquin developed the product by establishing the brightness of the Chicago sky for calculations to design prisms and is still credited with being the first person to record daylight measurements scientifically. The eminent American architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed many of the early prisms used in the system to transfer the daylight. First established in the UK in 1898 under license, the Luxfer British Prism Syndicate (Lux=light fer = to carry) was created and the modern system of borrowed lighting was introduced to Dickensian London. The Edwards family first became involved with Luxfer in the early twentieth century and continued the connection through Cyril and Ian Edwards to Luxcrete. Luxfer developed a large range of products from pavement lights to art and stained glass windows, wartime munitions and a joint venture with Crittall Windows.

Ian Edwards joined Luxcrete in 1969 and gained experience in various departments before being appointed Contracts Manager in 1972 and in 1977 Contracts Director in 1977 and  Managing Director on 1982 and remained in that role until the business was sold in 2008. He acted as a BSI appointed UK delegate to serving on the CEN and ISO working groups drafting product standards.

 

Nov
8
Wed
2017
The SS Great Britain: a fresh image @ LONDON Dana Studio
Nov 8 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

A lecture by Malcolm Bishop

Dec
13
Wed
2017
Understanding the Gas Industry’s Evolution and Environmental Legacy – using high resolution analysis of gas tars @ LONDON Dana Studio,
Dec 13 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Jan
10
Wed
2018
Made in Britain: an oral history of British applied science and engineering @ LONDON: The Dana Studio,
Jan 10 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

A lecture by Dr Sally Horrocks and Dr Tom Lean

Feb
14
Wed
2018
The Development of the Engineering Drawing Office @ LONDON: The Dana Studio,
Feb 14 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Mar
14
Wed
2018
Changing Waterscapes: managing water in 18th-century London @ LONDON: The Dana Studio,
Mar 14 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
May
9
Wed
2018
The Dickinson Memorial Lecture: Measuring greatness: engineering biography- scholarship, hagiography or a marketing tool? @ LONDON: The Dana Studio, Wellcome Wolfson Building,
May 9 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

The Dickinson Memorial Lecture will be given by Mike Chrimes. the title of his lecture is Measuring greatness: engineering biography- scholarship, hagiography or a marketing tool?

Mike Chrimes is a long-standing member of the Newcomen Society, serving on its Council and acting as Reviews Editor for many years. He is currently involved in the inter-societal organising committee for the Early Main Line Railway Conference, 2018. He became interested in the history of engineering through his work in the Library of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a concern over the paucity and meagerness of the literature of the subject. He has written and lectured extensively on the history of civil engineering, including contributions to The Civil Engineers (2011), and The Contractors (2014) with Hugh Ferguson. Hugh and Mike are now working on The Consultants. From 1996 Mike was involved with ICE’s Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers Project, which resulted in 3 volumes covering the periods 1500-1830 (2002); 1830-1890  (2008) and 1890-1920 (2014). Other books include Civil engineering 1839-1889 (1991); The Civil engineering of canals and railways (1997); Historic concrete (with Sutherland and Humm) (2002) and Robert Stephenson– (with Michael Bailey) (2003). Mike has written numerous papers and served on English Heritage’s Industrial Archaeology Panel. In 2007 Mike’s historical contribution was recognised with the American Society of Civil Engineers History and Heritage Award. He has had a long career, at the ICE,  providing information on civil engineering. A belief in the capability of the internet and digital communications to deliver better, and better value, knowledge transfer for all members was fundamental to this. His service for ICE was recognised by the award of the Garth Watson medal in 1996, and again in 2014, and the Spirit of Telford Award in 2007 and was awarded an MBE in January 2011 for services to engineering.

 

 

  • Forthcoming Events

    Sep
    25
    Mon
    2017
    6:30 pm Enigma: Cruise Missiles, Rockets... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Enigma: Cruise Missiles, Rockets... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Phil Judkins
    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
    AGM + John ‘Longitude’ Harrison – what did he actually achieve? @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry | England | United Kingdom
    Doug Bateman debunks the many myths surrounding Harrison and the Longitude Prize. It is well known that John Harrison’s watch was the first to demonstrate that longitude could be determined at sea with the aid[...]
    Oct
    4
    Wed
    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
    11
    Wed
    2017
    5:45 pm Luxcrete: an invention that brou... @ LONDON Alan Baxter Gallery
    Luxcrete: an invention that brou... @ LONDON Alan Baxter Gallery
    Oct 11 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    Luxcrete: an invention that brought daylight to dark Victorian buildings @ LONDON Alan Baxter Gallery  | England | United Kingdom
    A lecture by Ian Edwards. The origins of Luxcrete can be traced back more than 100 years to a British inventor based in the States who patented a product in the 1880s that used refraction[...]
    Oct
    13
    Fri
    2017
    7:00 pm The Archaeology of Early Steam S... @ NEWCASTLE North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers
    The Archaeology of Early Steam S... @ NEWCASTLE North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers
    Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Michael Bailey. This is a joint meeting with SLS at the  Mining Institute, Newcastle upon Tyne beginning 19.00.
    Oct
    17
    Tue
    2017
    6:30 pm The Deane Brothers and the Divin... @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building, Rm PO1-11, University of Portsmouth
    The Deane Brothers and the Divin... @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building, Rm PO1-11, University of Portsmouth
    Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by John Bevan
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