A valuable reference site to add to your favourites is the National Library of Scotland online collection of local maps. The site is comprehensive, covers a range of dates allowing you to study the evolution of a particular site, and you can zoom in to examine details including geology and soil types. It covers the whole of the UK and even includes world maps. There is much more besides, including post-war aerial photos of Scotland.
Cement plants and kilns in Britain and Ireland is a labour of love compiled by Dylan Moore, covering everything from plant location to kiln design, raw materials and quarrying, energy use over time and transport with many historic photos.
Forgotten Relics exists to celebrate and commemorate features of the 19th century rail network which, in the words of the site’s curators, ‘were abandoned during the industrial vandalism of the fifties and sixties’. It casts its net wide; the main tabs cover not only Bridges & Viaducts and Tunnels & Cuttings but also recent News Stories and an intriguingly named Bits and Pieces section. The website’s Facebook page, incidentally, is compiling an A-Z of disused tunnels which, at the time of writing, has just reached ‘C’ – Clifton Hall (opened 1850, closed 1953).
A refreshingly opinionated blog about bridges and their design which veers from the historical to the up-to-the-minute. The most recent entry – 1st March 2020 – concerns the final design for a new bridge in Sacramento, California. The previous entry features the Marple Aqueduct. It includes book reviews, reports on conferences and design competitions, plus gives an extensive list of bridge-related links.
If you are on Facebook, you might wish to investigate the Industrial Heritage and Art’s facebook group which can be very diverting and is open to anyone who wishes to join, but do read the ‘Information’ section first!
If you are inclined to use this time for historical-engineering related research, Grace’s Guide may be a useful starting place.
As above, if you’re inclined to use this time for historical-engineering related research Engineering Timelines may also be a useful starting place.
The website Goosey Goo offers an industrial history mapping project, both for exploration and addition of new sites. It also has a ‘preservation hub’ which includes details of projects in progress.
The Yorkshire based website Industrial History Online contains over 8000 entries and 3000 images within their system
If you’re keen on computers or a train geek, you can get a preview of the President’s lecture “Cold War to Cold Trains” presented to the Computer Conservation Society.
The Science & Society Picture Library the official picture library of the Science Museum Group. Representing the visual collections of the Science Museum, the Science & Industry Museum, the Science & Media Museum, the Locomotion and Railway Museum, as well as select contributors. It is a wonderful library to trawl through. Unfortunately, due to the Covid 19, there may be restrictions on downloading and hiring images for the moment.
A big thank you to Dr. Victoria Owens, Dan Hayton, Bob Bowden, Dr.John Suter and Deborah Jaffé for the above sites.
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