Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society (BIAS)

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Conferences, lectures and events of interest

Underfall Yard

Happy Birthday! Sunday 5 July, 3 - 5pm This Sunday we'll be celebrating two major milestones. The Underfall Yard Trust turns 21 and the Patent Slip turns 125. We'll be celebrating the young and the old with cake, smiles and hopefully a little sunshine! No need to RSVP but please spread the word and join us around the slip between 3 - 5pm.

Historical Metallurgical Society conference at Stratford upon Avon

12-14 June 2015 will concentrate on street furniture http://hist-met.org/meetings/hms-annual-conference-and-agm.html. Maggie Shapland has written several papers for BIAS journal, and even got several pages put into the Clifton Conservation Area Character Appraisal. The themes they hope to cover are: what is street furniture; how was it made; exploring the past; the future so some of you may be interested in attending. Incidentally Stratford asked each Council several years ago to provide redundant cast iron lamp posts, so they have a great collection including one of our large curved posts from Bristol!

How to Read Old Handwriting

The South West Heritage Trust, in association with Somerset Skills and Learning, is running a course for people interested in learning how to read the old handwriting to be found in archival documents.

The course, to be held at the Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton, will focus on English documents from the 16th to the 18th centuries. It will be tutored by archivists based at the Heritage Centre and will be held on Wednesday 24 June 2015 from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm

The cost: of the course is £20 per person (£10 concessions). Space is limited. To book your place contact the South West Heritage Trust at the Somerset Heritage Centre on 01823 278805 or email somersetarchives@swheritage.org.uk.

Bristol Doors Open Day 2015

We have now confirmed the venues for this year’s event and there are 70 taking part. We are really excited about the programme, activities and plans you have come up with for the day at your respective venues.

We are currently in the process of completing the Heritage Open Days registration process, preparing the printed programme and planning our marketing, with an initial press release to go out next week.

Key date: our official launch date is 1st July. By this date the printed programme will be distributed around Bristol and listings appear on our website.

http://www.bristoldoorsopenday.org.uk/

Organised by The Architecture Centre Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA 0117 922 1540 Kate.Quilian@architecturecentre.co.uk (Fridays)

Newcomen Conference

Swords into Ploughshares

A One-Day Conference organised by the Newcomen Society on “How the First World War changed British Industry”.

9:00 am-5:00pm 24 October 2015 The Gallery, Cowcross, Court, Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL

Eight papers will cover various topics, including The Birth of the National Grid; Innovations in the Steel Industry; The Rise of Chemical Enginering; Developments in Aircraft Engineering

Full programme and further details are available at www.newcomen.com. The cost has been kept down to £30 per person, including lunch and refreshments, and will go ahead at the prestigious site of “The Gallery”, by kind permission of Alan Baxter Associates. To register send name, address, and sae with a cheque for £30 pp (made out to The Newcomen Society) to: The Administrator, Newcomen Society, The Science Museum, Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX.

INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY SYMPOSIUM 2015

9:30 am to 5:00, Saturday, 31 October, 2015

Devizes Town Hall.

Tickets cost f 17.00 (includes tea and coffee). Speakers:

  • 0930 - Registration
  • 1000 - Chairman’s Introduction – Mike Stone
  • 1005 - Farm wagons – with particular reference to the Society’s collection - David Viner
  • 1050 - Coffee
  • 1110 - Yate Colliery - David Hardwick
  • 1200 - Agriculture in Wiltshire in WW1 - Ivor Slocombe
  • 1250 - Lunch (not provided – see below)
  • 1415 - Supplying water for the Wilts and Berks Canal and water supply in and around Chippenham - Mike Stone and Jan Flanagan
  • 1500 - Tea
  • 1525 - Chippenham Grist Mill 1086-1957 - Dr Kay S. Taylor
  • 1630 - Symposium closes
Tickets available from Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Devizes
Tel 01380 727369 wanhs@wiltshireheritage.org.uk http://www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk/events/index.php?Action=2&thID=1013&prev=1

South Gloucestershire Miners Research Group (SGMRG) PROGRAMME

WINTER TALKS at Coalpit Heath 7:30pm

Have regular meetings, walks and talks including the opportunity to get involved in exploration, archaeology and resotoration work. http://sgmrg.co.uk/ More details

Clifton Rocks Railway Events 2015

Clifton Rocks Railway and Official website

Doors Open at Underfall Yard

Underfall Yard
Keep an eye out for conservation and building work on their website.

We are hoping to see you at our Doors Open days so that we can:

We will be showing you all the Victorian machinery that still keeps the harbour floating and the city dry; boats being built and the blacksmith’s forge in action + an exhibition of historical information that we have been compiling for our Heritage Lottery application.

We will be asking you for your thoughts on our proposals for repairing the buildings, interpreting the yard and the activities we are developing.

Heritage Lottery Fund project

Bristol City Council is preparing to pass the Scheduled Monument and associated structures to the Underfall Yard Trust for repair, maintenance, boatbuilding and maritime industry - and public access and benefit.

Our aim is to explain the critical importance of the dam and the sluices to Bristol, explain how this maintenance yard kept the harbour afloat – and share the history whilst still operating an unsanitised area of thriving maritime industries.

With financial assistance (following a round one pass in 2012) from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have researched the buildings, the history, the machinery and the people who have worked at the Underfall Yard from Brunel to the present. We now have plans for repairing the structures, making adaptations for a sustainable future and a range of measures to share the interest and importance of the place with tourists, schools and Bristolians. http://underfallboatyard.co.uk/ for more details

Heritage of Industry- Journeys into the Industrial Past

AIA Overseas Trips

Bill Barksfield, Operations Director, Heritage of Industry Ltd, Hunters Moon, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks HP8 4HQ

Web: http://www.heritageofindustry.co.uk Email: bill@heritageofindustry.co.uk Phone/Fax: +44 1494 873677

Crofton Pumping Station, Crofton, Marlborough

The World's Oldest Steam Engine Still Able to Perform its Original Function. Details of the steaming days and opening times

SS Great Britain

July 17 2010 was the 40th anniversary celebrations of the ship’s epic salvage from the Falkland Islands and return to Bristol- includes: A new exhibition Beautiful animation Trails Memories and film online. 40 years ago, 100,000 people lined the River Avon to welcome Brunel's ship home. She has come a long way since! http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/ Telephone: 0117 926 0680

Purton Hulks

We must designation and protect this unique site.
Meet Purton Lower Bridge. Approx tour time 2 hours weather permitting
Donations in aid of Severn Area Rescue Association. or £3.00 per person Two slides shows entitled Fore & Aft the Purton Ships Graveyard and Lydneys Lost Fleet are now available for booking
Paul Barnett Tel. 07833 143 231 or Barnadillo@aol.com
keep an eye out for the site featuring in the BBC series Coast in the spring 2009.

NEWCOMEN SOCIETY (WESTERN BRANCH)

Programme for 2015/16
BIAS members are invited to meetings of the Western Branch of the Newcomen Society. These are now held in BAWA, Southmead Road, Bristol at 7:30 p.m.
For details of the programme, contact Dr Bryan Lawton 01793 762697

World Ship Society Bristol Branch Programme for 2015

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month in the Friends Meeting House, Champion Square, Bristol BS2 9DB (Adjacent to Cabot Circus car park) commencing at 7.30 pm £2 entry charge. Light refreshments. More details from 0117 9513168.

LECTURES AT THE MUSEUM OF BATH AT WORK -

For more details contact Museum of Bath at Work on 01225 318348

LUNCHTIME LECTURES

All the lectures are at 1 p.m at The Museum of Bath at Work, with lunch from 12.30. Admission is £4.00
All lectures will begin at 1.00 p.m. and finish at 2.00 p.m. Refreshments will be available from 12.30 p.m.
Normal admission price at the door on day of lecture £4.00
Pre-booked tickets at a discount are available from the Museum before 26th. October
Contact the Museum on 01225 318348 for further details.

South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group

Talks held 7.3Opm in the Miners Institute, Coalpit Heath. Do not assume these events will happen without contacting the relevant person to express interest or request details
There are fortnightly underground working parties at Serridge, for details contact Dave Hardwick.

INVITATION TO BIAS MEMBERS TO JOIN SGMRG ARCHAOLOGICAL DIGS

South Gloucestershire Miners Group " (SGMRG) are keen to build closer ties with BIAS and its members and as part of this, and to help our work programme move forward, we would like to invite BIAS members to our next two planned Saturday digs on South Gloucestershire Colliery sites. Dates and venues are as follows:

You are very welcome to attend all or part of these digs, please remember that there are hazards and risks involved with work of this nature which, whilst we seek to minimise them, your attendance conditional on your acceptance of these risks.
He will give the location details for these difficult to find sites
Steve.Grudging@btinternet.com /07768 381502
PERMISSION HAS KINDLY BEING GRANTED FROM DAVID TOOZE THE LAND OWNER FOR EXCAVATION WORK TO BE UNDERTAKEN AT THIS SITE. South Gloucester Mining Research Group ARE AWARE OF LACK OF RECORDING OF PREVIOUS EXCAVATIONS AT SIMILAR SITES AND WANT TO ENSURE WE OPERATE IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INSTITUTE OF FIELD ARCHAEOLOGISTS AND ENGLISH HERITAGE. THE EXCAVATION HOPES TO ANSWER VARIOUS RESEARCH QUESTIONS:

  1. LOCATION AND LAYOUTOF VARIOUS SITE FEATURES (PUMPING ENGINE, HORSE GIN, STEAM WINDING ENGINE HOUSE).
  2. CLARIFICATION AS TO THE PURPOSE OF THE ARCH.
  3. IDENTIFICATION OF THE ROUTE OF THE DRAMWAY, SPECIFICALLY LOCATATION OF A POSSIBLE LOADING BAY .
TO DATE A GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY HAS BEEN UNDERTAKEN BY DR TIM OF CARDIFF UNIVERSITY AND EXCAVATION COMMENCED ON 3 SEPTEMBER WITH WELCOME HELP FROM WILLING VOLUNTEERS. THIS EXCAVATION WILL BE ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS THEREFORE COULD ANY WILLING HELPERS WHO CAN BE AVAILABLE (SOMETIMES AT SHORT NOTICE)WEEKDAYS OR WEEKENDS PLEASE GIVE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS TO STEVE OR DI GRUDGINGS TEL O1256 896715, E.MAIL stevegrudgings@btinternet.com.

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