Events

Nov
7
Wed
2018
Development of the Engineering Drawing Office @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Ivor Lewis

Dec
5
Wed
2018
From Cold War to Coal Trains: TOPS – British Railways first computer based train operating system @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Jonathan Aylen

This paper jointly written Jonathan Aylen, Vice President of the Newcomen Society, and Bob Gwynne of the National Railway Museum reports on British Rail’s adoption of a real-time, nationwide computer system in the early 1970’s to control its freight traffic. It gives a new view of British Rail, keen to modernise and adopt modern management practices.  The radical American technology was based on know-how from a Cold War air defence system designed to protect the US from Soviet bombers.  Based on interviews and new archive sources, the paper unfolds the unknown story of how British Rail brought advanced telecommunications and modern digital techniques to the task of overhauling its elderly goods network.

Jan
2
Wed
2019
The Cobb Land Speed Record Car @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
Jan 2 @ 4:07 pm – 5:07 pm

A lecture by Dr Jim Andrew

Feb
6
Wed
2019
Opportunities for Women in Wireless Telegraphy during World War One @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Dr Elizabeth Bruton

Mar
6
Wed
2019
The History of Gas Manufacture in the U.K. @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A lecture by Russell Thomas

Apr
3
Wed
2019
The Early History of the Newcomen Engine @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Mike Potts

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