Jonathan Aylen is chair of the North Western Branch of the Newcomen Society, a member of Council and senior lecturer in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research within Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester.
He has contributed papers to the Journal of the History of Engineering and Technology on the transfer of steel technology from the USA to Wales, on early process control computers and on weapons design and development.
Website features by Jonathan Aylen . . .
Coals to Whitstable
Jonathan Aylen tells a sailor’s yarn of how old technologies fade away. Much effort is spent considering the diffusion of new technologies, yet old technologies fade away unremarked.
Steelmaking Technology and a Trade Union Banner
A trade union banner from 1920 featuring a set of eleven paintings of steelworks around the UK, sheds light not only on the technology of the times but also the working conditions and social relationships between workers. These paintings by British artist Herbert Finn were originally commissioned for the banner and offer a snapshot of the UK steel industry a century ago as it emerged from the First World War.
Hazards “Mr Tetin Smelt Gas And Lit A Match!”
A house in St. Mary’s Road, Upton Park was partly wrecked and completely cut in two on Saturday by a gas explosion. The furniture was reduced to a mass of debris, while Mr George Tetin, the occupier, was injured and his wife and two daughters had narrow escapes. Fifty canaries in the dining room were also uninjured.
Runcorn To Widnes Bridge Refurbishment
The newly refurbished Runcorn to Widnes Road Bridge (also known as The Silver Jubilee Bridge) was originally designed by Mott, Hay and Anderson with steelwork by Dorman-Long (Bridge and Engineering). Work began in 1956 and it opened in 1961.