Chairman: Jonathan Aylen
Hon Secretary: Robert Steeds
A lecture by Wayne Cocroft (Historic England). The vital contribution of research facilities and infrastructure required to deploy high–tech defence systems is often neglected in the history of technology. Surviving test sites stand not only as monuments to past scientific endeavours, but when analysed archaeologically provide valuable insights into testing regimes. Sometimes the physical remains represent unique primary records, while in other examples it is possible to link them to documentary sources and oral testimonies. Wayne Cocroft’s paper discusses the German lineage in the design of post-war British rocket test sites and places associated with development of this country’s indigenous missile programmes, including the Blue Streak intermediate range ballistic missile. It also explores the infrastructure of missile deployment sites and reviews efforts to protect and present some of the most significant historic rocket and missile sites.
A lecture by Dr William Craig: Marine Anchors: Development, Perceptions And Reality. The form of the marine anchor has changed significantly over the centuries – from primitive stone anchors and killicks, through classical stocked anchors used from Graeco-Roman times to the nineteenth century, to articulated, largely stockless, anchors and later to specialist units for small vessels and for the offshore engineering industry. The lecture covers these changing forms. It also looks at the images and analogies for anchors found in advertising, art, the navy, politics and religion over the centuries. The main focus is on developments from the nineteenth century, the growing impact of engineering and materials technology and the recognition and understanding of the mechanics of the interaction with the seabed. Dr Bill Craig substantially retired from his post as Reader in Geotechnical Engineering in the University of Manchester in 2011. A Chartered Member of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Society for the Environment, he is a past Chairman of the British Geotechnical Society. He has been involved with the offshore industries since 1976. Interest in anchors began when he worked with Exxon on the assessment of specialist marine drag anchors for offshore drilling platforms in the soft clay seabed of the Gulf of Mexico, while on sabbatical at the University of Colorado in 1989-90.
Robert Steeds Film Evening
Dr John Glithero is leading a visit to the archaeological dig site of Samuel Oldknow’s cotton mill at Mellor Mill, Marple. We will gather for lunch at the Roman Lakes Tea Rooms and visit the site in the afternoon. There will also be an opportunity to see other features nearby, including the Marple aqueduct on the Peak Forest Canal. The site can be reached by train or car. Further details and travel directions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for presentation and discussion of new research into heat engines prior to 1812. A wide range of new field and desk research into early engines lacks an obvious outlet, forum or focus and this is the underpinning rationale for IEEC. The event design is based on the International Early Railways Conference (IERC). Repeat conferences are anticipated every 4-5 years. The conference will open at 12.00 on Thursday May 11, 2017 and close at 16.00 on Saturday May 13.
Synopses for 20 papers of considerable interest and variety have been accepted and can be seen on our website (www.earlyengines.org)
Catering will be provided and relevant publications will be on sale by the sponsoring organisations.
Delegate costs and are likely to be around £100/person and we will offer options for partners and day tickets.
A bound compendium of previously published articles relating to Early Engines will be provided for all attendees and the conference transactions will be published as a themed edition of the International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology.
Hotel and accommodation arrangements will not be handled by the conference. Sponsorship – IEEC e facilities and support will be provided by Barnsley MBC. The Newcomen Society will be lead sponsor and the Historical Metallurgy Society (HMS), the Northern Mines Research Society (NMRS) and the South Gloucestershire Mine Research Group (SGMRG) are also providing sponsorship.