Events

Sep
24
Mon
2018
Armour for the Grand Fleet @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

A lecture by David Boursnell: Armour for the Grand Fleet. The role of Sheffield companies in making the face-hardened steel armour for the British Fleet that fought at the Battle of Jutland.

Sep
25
Tue
2018
NW Regional AGM + Lecture: George E Davis and the Dawning of Chemical Engineering in Britain @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Newcomen North West AGM followed by Peter Reed’s lecture:  George E Davis and the Dawning of Chemical Engineering in Britain. The founder of the Chemical Trade Journal who taught at Manchester Technical College – the foundation of chemical engineering in Britain

Oct
3
Wed
2018
The R101 Disaster and the Broken Elevator Cable @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Dr Bryan Lawton

Oct
9
Tue
2018
The Battle for a Grand and Deep River @ NEWCASTLE Discovery Museum
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A lecture by Dr Leona Skelton: The Battle for a Grand and Deep River, The Tyne Improvement Commission’s Visionary Engineering Work, 1850 – 1968

Oct
10
Wed
2018
Henry Ford’s Holiday in 1928 @ LONDON 75 Cowcross St,
Oct 10 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

A lecture by Professor David Perrett: Henry Ford’s Holiday in 1928    . Please note change to venue.

Oct
16
Tue
2018
The Refurbishment of Hammersmith Viaduct @ PORTSMOUTH University of Portsmouth
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A lecture by Paul Jackson: Refurbishment of Hammersmith Viaduct. The lecture is planned to be held at the University of Portsmouth commencing at 6.30p.m.  The building and room will be confirmed in due course.

Oct
18
Thu
2018
Surveying the UK’s oldest complete Newcomen Engine House, Brislington, 1740 @ BRISTOL BAWA
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A lecture by David Hardwick: Surveying the UK’s oldest complete Newcomen Engine House, Brislington, 1740

Oct
20
Sat
2018
Symposium: The White Salt Industry: Production, Transport & Impacts @ NORTHWICH The Lion Salt Works Museum
Oct 20 @ 10:45 am – 6:45 pm

The symposium on the technologies associated with White Salt, organised by the NewcomenNorth, will take place at The Lion Salt Works Museum outside Northwich on 20 October. Cheshire salt was known to the Celts and the Romans, but the emergence of Cheshire into Britain’s primary salt source was dependent on the development of the local transport infrastructure, including the Weaver Navigation and the Trent and Mersey Canal. Salt extraction in Cheshire continues on a major scale today, both through rock salt mining and through solution mining to provide brine for white salt production and as feedstock for the local chemical industries. The Symposium will look  at the geology of the Saltscape, the history of subsidence due to ‘wild’ brine pumping and touch on the challenge posed to HS2 as it passes through the salt country. We then have speakers on the historical development of both the production and the transport technologies for White Salt in Cheshire;  the ‘wild brine’ pumping technology used at Lion Salt Works and at Murgatroyd’s in Middlewich; and the modern ‘controlled’ solution mining technology developed in the early 20th century at Preesall near Fleetwood and deployed in Cheshire today. The day promises a fascinating insight into some less widely understood technologies. Further information and to book here SaltFlyer1808A4

Oct
22
Mon
2018
A History of Metal Fatigue @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

A lecture by Professor Roderick A Smith: A history of metal fatigue and the development of an understanding of what it is and why it still causes problems

Oct
30
Tue
2018
Vulcan to the Sky – the legendary Avro Vulcan @ MANCHESTER Renold Building, University of Manchester
Oct 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A lecture by Dr Robert Plemming. The Renold Building is entered from Altrincham Street, close to Piccadilly Railway station taxi exit and Tram Stop.  There is a multi-storey car park on Charles Street with a pedestrian exit on Sackville Street which leads to the Renold Building.  The Renold Building is the tall white building with the zig-zag front and open glass staircase. There will be a small charge to defray expenses.

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

Nov
13
Tue
2018
The Presidential Address @ NEWCASTLE Discovery Museum
Nov 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Presidential Address, a lecture by Robert Taylor
President, The Newcomen Society
Note: This meeting is at present provisional – yet to be confirmed

Nov
14
Wed
2018
The oxidation of metals; its impact on civilisation, ancient and modern @ LONDON Dana Studio
Nov 14 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

A lecture by Dr Fred Starr: The oxidation of metals; its impact on civilisation, ancient and modern

Nov
15
Thu
2018
Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) Technology @ BRISTOL BAWA
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A lecture by Chris Hodrien: Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) Technology

Nov
20
Tue
2018
Development of Fleet Submarine 1910 – 1918 @ PORTSMOUTH University of Portsmouth
Nov 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A lecture by Duncan Redford: Development of Fleet Submarine 1910 – 1918The lecture is planned to be held at the University of Portsmouth commencing at 6.30p.m.  The building and room will be confirmed in due course.

Nov
26
Mon
2018
The Engineer and the Metallurgist defeat Heat, Corrosion and Cold @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
Nov 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

A lecture by Dr David Dulieu: The Engineer and the Metallurgist defeat Heat, Corrosion and Cold – 50 years of technical applications of stainless, heat and corrosion resistant high alloy steels 1913 – 1963

Nov
27
Tue
2018
Cold War to Coal Trains @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
Nov 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A joint meeting with the Computer Conservation Society. Please note start time of 18.00.Jonathan Aylen’s lectureJoint Meeting with Computer Conservation Society:  Cold War to Coal Trains –  TOPS – British Railways’ first computer based train operating system. How computers helped transform British Rail from a craft based industry to modern management

Dec
5
Wed
2018
Aspects of Steel Making @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A lecture by Jonathan Aylen

Dec
11
Tue
2018
Lecture TBC @ PORTSMOUTH University of Portsmouth
Dec 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Dec
12
Wed
2018
William Marriott: engineer of a Norfolk railway and pioneer of reinforced concrete @ LONDON Dana Studio
Dec 12 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

A lecture by Alan Hayward: William Marriott: engineer of a Norfolk railway and pioneer of reinforced concrete

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

Jan
9
Wed
2019
The ‘Vergniais’ cast iron arch bridges @ LONDON Dana Studio
Jan 9 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

A lecture by Bernard Espion: The “Vergniais” cast iron arch bridges: a French capital venture in times of technological change (1850-1860)

Jan
10
Thu
2019
Lecture TBC @ BRISTOL BAWA
Jan 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jan
15
Tue
2019
Lecture TBC @ PORTSMOUTH University of Portsmouth
Jan 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Jan
28
Mon
2019
Who Designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge – Fact and Fiction @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
Jan 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

A lecture by Julia Elton: Who Designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge – Fact and Fiction. Construction of I K Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge was abandoned in 1853 and not completed until 1864 to a different design developed by Sir John Hawkshaw and W.H. Barlow. 

Jan
29
Tue
2019
It’s not just about the robot! @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A lecture by Bob Bowden: It’s not just about the robot! The development of automated welding

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

Feb
12
Tue
2019
Sir William Arrol & Co Ltd @ NEWCASTLE Discovery Museum
Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A lecture by Dr Miles Oglethorpe: Sir William Arrol & Co Ltd. This is a joint meeting with the Institution of Civil Engineers, North East Region Seniors Group

Feb
13
Wed
2019
The Presidential Address @ LONDON Dana Studio
Feb 13 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

The Presidential Address by Robert Taylor.

Feb
19
Tue
2019
HMS Warrior 1860 @ PORTSMOUTH University of Portsmouth
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A lecture by Tim Shaw: HMS Warrior 1860. It is planned to be held at the University of Portsmouth commencing at 6.30p.m.  The building and room will be confirmed in due course.

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