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John Anning, a great-grandson of John Baker (1843-1904), will outline the history of the Baker family and will describe “Tiny Tim”, the large Glasgow-made hybrid steam/drop hammer, purchased from the Darlington Forge in 1906. Saved from demolition in 1965, it now forms the entry arch to Beamish Industrial Museum.

David Eaton will give an overview of the company’s history: its railway products, technical achievements and its steelmaking and processing facilities including the innovative axle – forging plant. He will also briefly describe the armaments work undertaken during WW1 and WW2.

About the Speakers

David Eaton is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Freeman of the City of London. He is a Council Member of the Newcomen Society, a Trustee of the Ken Hawley Collection Trust and the South Yorkshire Trades Historical Trust Limited and is the current chairman of the South Yorkshire Centre of the Newcomen Society. David retired in 2006 from Sheffield Hallam University as Director of the School of Engineering, a post he held for 12 years.

John Anning is a great grandson of John Baker of Rotherham. After a successful business career in engineering, he now enjoys  his lifelong interest in engineering history, particularly railways, machine tools and internal combustion engines.

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