Phil Judkins

Phil’s love of industrial archaeology stems from his childhood playground being an abandoned Victorian waterworks, with no Health and Safety to concern him! Cambridge’s Classical Archaeology course led to several years in ‘dirt archaeology’, followed by a management career which ranged from the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment to the City of London. Phil then gave structure to his abiding interest of historic defence electronics through a Cranfield PhD in the history of radar, and successive Fellowships at the UK’s Defence Academy and at Buckingham University’s Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies. He currently chairs the Defence Electronics History Society and the Purbeck Radar Museum Trust, in addition to serving on the Committee of the South Yorkshire Newcomen Society, and lectures on defence topics throughout the UK, Phil’s particular perspective is to present the role of electronics in conflict as seen by all the contending parties, rather than from a single national perspective, so that he welcomes collaboration with colleagues internationally.

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    6:30 pm Bulldozer: a study in technology... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Bulldozer: a study in technology... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Mar 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Dr Ralph Harrington. The modern age has quintessentially been the age of machines, and the large-scale mechanized transformation of the world has been one of the key motivating desires – and fears[...]
    7:00 pm Richard Trevithick’s Lambeth Engine @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Richard Trevithick’s Lambeth Engine @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by David Hulse, Lectures start at 7pm.  Doors open at 6.30pm and we meet in the Thintank Lecture Theatre, Level 2 at Millennium Point.    For Sat Nav, use postcode B4 7AP
    7:30 pm Canal Lifts @ BRISTOL, BAWA
    Canal Lifts @ BRISTOL, BAWA
    Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    A lecture by Denis Dodd
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