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Conferences, lectures and events of interest

OLD MARKET REGENERATION, ASHTON COURT UPDATE, and STUDENT AWARD WINNER 2013-14

Leighton Deburca, Peter Weeks, and Tom Eddington

Feb 4th 7.00pm Architecture Centre, 16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA

Old Market Quarter has been a vital gateway and market place for the best part of a thousand years.It has shaped the City of Bristol as it grew.Like much of post-war Britain, Old Market suffered from poor urban planning. A key feature of Old Market Quarter's regeneration is the review and revisioning of both it's built environment ( particularly it's road layout and transport system) and it's neighbourhood boundaries to allow for a more sustainable residents and business community and a better representation of the area within the city. Leighton De Burca is Old Market's Place Making Director. He will explain the regeneration strategy, tell us what has been achieved, and what is yet to come.

Ashton Court has been the subject of much attention during 2013 with a major study and public consultation to examine how to restore this Grade 1 listed, derelict, 400 year-old house and bring it back to life. Peter Weeks has represented Bristol Civic Society on the Working Group steering this project for many years. He will bring the story of Ashton Court right up to date and describe the plans for its restoration and future use.

Tom Eddington is the current holder of the Civic Society's Student Award, worth £200, given every year for an outstanding piece of work by a final year Architecture and Planning degree student at the University of the West of England. Tom will outline the brief and explain his project to create a garden and interior facilities to offer sensory experiences to children with Special Educational Needs (SEN), on a site close to Salisbury Cathedral, drawing on themes in the novel "The Secret Garden" by Mary Lennox.

Organised by the Bristol Civic Society

Non-members £5 Members £2 (voluntary) Booking Not Required

Field Geology in South Shropshire Part 2

Dr Nick Chidlaw

June 2014

In this tract of the Welsh Borderland is found some of its most attractive scenery and varied geology. Part 2 examines Ordovician rocks and metalliferous ores close to the Powys border, highly fossiliferous Silurian limestones on Wenlock Edge, Old Red Sandstone strata near Ludlow, and Carboniferous rocks in roadstone quarries and former coal mines on Clee Hill.

No prior knowledge of geology or the area is assumed, so this course is also suitable for anyone who was not on Part 1. Please note that you will need to make your own travel and accommodation arrangements, with meeting time and place to be confirmed.

4 field trips 10:00 am to 4.00 pm Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June 2014 Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June 2014 10 Credits, Level 0 (CQFW Level 3) SC113A5005A tel: 029 2087 0000 www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn

INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY CONFERENCE

Saturday 12th April 2014: 45th INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY Regional Conference, South Wales & West of England.

Hosted by: Worcestershire I.A. and Local History Society At Baxter College, Habberley Road, Kidderminster, DY11 5PQ The history of the Kidderminster Carpet Industry, The Post Office in the First World War, The Kidderminster Railway Museum, The introduction of Technology to the Country House.

Visits to: Kidderminster Museum of Carpets, Kidderminster Railway Museum, Drakelow Tunnels

Applications to: Christine Silvester, 12 Upper Park Street, Worcester, WR5 1EX Tel: 01905 354679 conference2014@wialhs.org.uk

More details on http://www.wialhs.org.uk/ £16 per person

Clifton Rocks Railway Events 2014

Bristol and Avon Family History Society Open Day

Saturday, 27 September 2014, 10:00am - 04:00pm

At the UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS34 8QZ

Doors Open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Contact : Mike Garside - email: openday2014@bafhs.org.uk

This will be a new venue for us with more space, plenty of electrical sockets, good WIFI and mobile phone signals. We intend to invite local history societies as well as the usual family history societies, Record Offices and commercial exhibitors.

More details http://www.bafhs.org.uk

Talk on Chinese Steam Locos and Mines

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Eight years ago, Steve spent a week investigating the Pingdingshan Mining Railway in Central China. At the time the system extended for over 100 miles, had 16 active steam locos of 3 different classes as well as around 20 large and hundreds of small coal mines dotted across the area.

Steve was able to visit the steam locomotive sheds and workshops, travel on the loco footplates and walk around a number of the mine surfaces and his talk gives an intimate picture of the railway and mining operations.

Please come along on Wednesday 23 October 2013 at 7:30pm for 8:00pm to the Miner's Institute (aka Coalpit Heath Village Hall), 214 Badminton Road, Coalpit Heath, Bristol, BS36 2QB. Non SGMRG members are welcome £2 each.

Doors Open at Underfall Yard

Underfall Yard
- we are making a weekend of it! 14th and 15th September 10am - 4:30pm

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

On the Saturday 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.

As people are so busy on Open Doors day and planning the day can be fraught, we are opening our exhibition on Sunday as well to give as many people as possible the chance to come and see us.

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.

Our second round of consultation is planned for September, with the final round two application being submitted in December 2013. Flier

World Ship Society Bristol Branch

Programme for 2013/14

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.

Note that the World Ship Society is not the same as the Bristol Ship Lovers Society

Heritage of Industry- Journeys into the Industrial Past

AIA Overseas Trips are planning a trip to join the SIA at their Conference in Cincinnati at the end of May and another in September to The Ruhr and I attach our flyer and information sheets about the trips.

You will notice from the flyer that Heritage of Industry also runs the popular City Safari walking tours which might be of interest to your members.

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

Web: 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 Special Celebrations

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. http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/WhatsOn.aspx 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 2013/4
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
17 October 2013 Tim Ryan, "History of the Aust Ferry".
21 November 2013 Leslie Shore "Powell Duffryn" Britain's ; largest coal mine pre-1947.
16th January 2014 at BIAS at BAWA Joint Meeting with BIAS.
20 February 2014 Derek Duffett, Stirling Engines: A Short Review of Loaded Hot Air.
20 March 2014 Richard Ellam, "Engineering and Astronomy in the Nineteenth Century" .
17 April 2014 Fred Starr "Lost Opportunities: The Whittle Turbojet Demonstrator of 1929"
15 May 2014 Paul Stevens, "The Uses of Steam in Bristol",

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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