Jonathan Aylen

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 . . .

Steelmaking Technology and a Trade Union Banner

The Banner of the Steel Workers Union by Herbert Finn - Tinplate Mill

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.