Newcomen North East

Chairman: Doug Shearer
Hon Secretary: David Crockit

north.eastern@newcomen.com

 

Events


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

    Feb
    20
    Tue
    2018
    6:30 pm Dirty but Necessary: South Hamps... @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Bldg, Rm PO1-11
    Dirty but Necessary: South Hamps... @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Bldg, Rm PO1-11
    Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by James Thomas
    Feb
    26
    Mon
    2018
    6:30 pm Brunel’s Fan @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Brunel’s Fan @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Michael Bailey. This is a joint meeting with the Stephenson Locomotive Society
    Feb
    27
    Tue
    2018
    6:30 pm Who designed the Clifton Suspens... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Who designed the Clifton Suspens... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Feb 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Julia Elton.
    Mar
    7
    Wed
    2018
    7:00 pm James Watt and the Lunar Society @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    James Watt and the Lunar Society @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Jim Andrew. Doors open at 6.30pm.  For Sat Nav, use postcode B4 7AP
    Mar
    13
    Tue
    2018
    5:30 pm Ken Barraclough Memorial Lecture... @ SHEFFIELD Holiday Inn Royal Victoria
    Ken Barraclough Memorial Lecture... @ SHEFFIELD Holiday Inn Royal Victoria
    Mar 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    The Ken Barraclough Memorial Lecture by Norman Bonner. This is a joint meeting with the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association and the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society. This talk is open to all and there[...]
    Mar
    14
    Wed
    2018
    5:45 pm Changing Waterscapes: managing w... @ LONDON: The Dana Studio,
    Changing Waterscapes: managing w... @ LONDON: The Dana Studio,
    Mar 14 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A lecture by Dr Carry van Lieshout
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