Peter Reed

Peter Reed is an independent researcher. He is a chemist who taught for seven years in Oxfordshire before spending 23 years working for the museums in Liverpool. His last post was Head of Development Office for National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (now National Museums Liverpool). He has undertaken a variety of consultancy work: the application of 3-D imaging for museum collections; museum and heritage projects, including project manager for the Museum of Carpet that opened in Kidderminster in October 2012. It was while working in Liverpool that he developed an interest in industrial archaeology and this broaden out into industrial history and the history of technology. He has written widely on 19th science and technology, in particular chemistry and chemical industry, and the impact of industry on the environment and on health. His recent publications include: Acid Rain and the Rise of the Environmental Chemist in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Life and Work of Robert Angus Smith (Ashgate, 2014) and ‘The Alkali Inspectorate 1874–1906: Pressure for Wider and Tighter Pollution Regulation,’ Ambix 59/2 (2012): 131–151. His latest book, Entrepreneurial Ventures in Chemistry: The Muspratts of Liverpool, 1793–1934, is due for publication in 2015. He is also an active member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group, the British Science Association and the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry.

 

  • Forthcoming Events

    Mar
    30
    Thu
    2017
    11:00 am Visit to National Museum Wales C... @ NANTGARW, National Museum Wales Collections Centre
    Visit to National Museum Wales C... @ NANTGARW, National Museum Wales Collections Centre
    Mar 30 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
    There are still a few places available on our 30 March 2017 visit to South Wales. The plan is that we meet at 11am the National Museum Wales Collections Centre, Nantgarw, where the staff will[...]
    Apr
    5
    Wed
    2017
    7:00 pm The Thames Tunnel @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    The Thames Tunnel @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Julia Elton: The Thames Tunnel
    Apr
    12
    Wed
    2017
    5:45 pm Frank Hornby & Mechanical Toys –... @ LONDON: The Dana Centre,
    Frank Hornby & Mechanical Toys –... @ LONDON: The Dana Centre,
    Apr 12 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A lecture by Deborah Jaffé. The entrepreneurial Frank Hornby was the inventor of Meccano, The Hornby Railway and Dinky Cars. This lecture looks at the origins of his designs, the manufacturing processes involved,  the images of[...]
    Apr
    19
    Wed
    2017
    6:00 pm ICI Billingham and Steam Reformi... @ NEWCASTLE: Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
    ICI Billingham and Steam Reformi... @ NEWCASTLE: Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
    Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Fred Starr FIMMM, C.Eng. It will surprise anyone younger than middle aged, that British Gas, in the 1950s seemed doomed, almost deservedly so. The world’s oldest energy conversion company, it was[...]
    Apr
    20
    Thu
    2017
    7:30 pm R101 Disaster and the Broken Ele... @ BRISTOL BAWA
    R101 Disaster and the Broken Ele... @ BRISTOL BAWA
    Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    A lecture by Bryan Lawton: R101 Disaster and the Broken Elevator Cable
    Apr
    24
    Mon
    2017
    6:30 pm Stealth – its history and techno... @ SHEFFIELD: Kelham Island Museum
    Stealth – its history and techno... @ SHEFFIELD: Kelham Island Museum
    Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Professor Barry Chambers:  Stealth – its history and technology.  For directions to Kelham Island Museum please visit:- http://www.simt.co.uk/find-us
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