Bristol Industrial
Archaeological Society (BIAS)

** looks better when viewed in browser supporting current standards***

Conferences, lectures and events of interest

Curzon Cinema

One of the oldest continually running purpose-built cinemas in the world, Clevedon’s Curzon screens Make More Noise on Sunday 31st January 2016 at 5pm. This collection of over 20 short films from the BFI National Archive combines gloriously anarchic comedies, newsreels and documentaries to create a fascinating insight into the early 20th Century struggle for women’s suffrage.

This BFI Collection will be accompanied, live, by composer Lillian Henley with her specially commissioned score. It will be followed by a Q&A with Tara Judah, film critic and Bryony Dixon, head of film restoration at the BFI.

It will follow Sarah Gavron’s outstanding feature Suffragette at 2pm.

If you can help us to promote this event it would be much appreciated. We have to seek funding for events like this since they are very costly to put on and have a limited interest. If we can establish an audience for historical/archive cinema then we can do more.

On Thursday 11th February at 7.30 Neil Brand, composer, musician and broadcaster, will present his account of Buster Keaton, genius, surrealist and probably one of the greatest manipulators of the film camera ever. Clips of his funniest moments will be followed by an accompanied screening of his magnificent feature film Steamboat Bill Junior (1928).

For tickets visit www.curzon.org.uk or ring 01275 871000

Bristol Threatened History Society

Saturday 19 March 2016 10am - 5pm Symposium on Bristol's medical history at M Shed, Wapping Wharf, Bristol. The threatened demise of the Bristol Royal Infirmary Old Building (begun 1737) for redevelopment by the hospital trust has prompted this symposium on Bristolians' health. The talks will take a fresh look at aspects of the health, illness, disability, mental care and treatment of Bristol's population from the earliest days of the town through to the 19th century. To book, return the form (on BIAS website) to Mike Ponsford at 12 Seymour Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 9HR. The concessionary price is £18 for students, under-16s, over 60s, disabled people and friends of the Museum and Art Gallery. If you have any queries please contact Mike at m.ponsford@ipresent.co.uk or on 01179858109
More details and booking form

Regional IA Conference

Saturday 16 April 2016: 2016 Regional IA Conference will be hosted by the Gloucestershire Society for Industrial Archaeology at Rednock school Dursley [GL11 4BY] and will take the usual format of talks, society displays and bookstalls followed by a selection of short optional local field visits.
The Restoration of the Cotswold Canals; Cast Iron Lamp Posts in Clifton and Hotwells, Bristol (Maggie Shapland); Watkin George and the Pontypool Aqueduct; Scout Motors of Salisbury 1902-1921; Listers of Dursley: History and the GSIA Project; Worlds apart: the West Country stone quarries of George Harris in 1893 and 2015

The full programme is available on the GSIA website http://www.gsia.org.uk/conference/index.php).
Booking Form
Programme
Talks and Visits

Avon Local History Asoociation LOCAL HISTORY DAY 2016

Saturday 16 April 2016; the venue is the B Block lecture theatre on UWE's Frenchay campus; and the topic, broadly interpreted, will be Vanished industries, surviving skills. Can you offer a talk? The committee invites proposals for talks/presentations (20 to 45 minutes), stalls/displays and demonstrations. ...tar, wool, cloth, glass, hats, chemicals, trams, footwear, corsets, chocolate, zinc, coal, printing, brass, pottery, packaging, tobacco, shipbuilding, sherry, sugar, beer, barrels, port, rope, aircraft, buses, steel, cotton ... Please send a summary (up to 200 words) to William Evans, 5 Parrys Grove, Bristol BS9 1TT, wm.evans@btopenworld.com. If you would like to suggest people the committee could ask, please do. Please return BOOKING FORM and CHEQUE (payable to ALHA) by 31 March to W. Evans, ALHA, 5 Parry's Grove, Bristol BS9 1TT wm.evans@btopenworld.com. More details http://www.alha.org.uk/

UWE Regional History Centre Seminars

The Regional History Centre at the University of the West of England has organised a programme of free seminars which will take place at M Shed on Thursday evenings. http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/cahe/research/regionalhistorycentre/seminarseries.aspx for full details of speakers and subjects.

Bristol Museum Archaeology Day School 2016

Events are as follows: http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/an-introduction-to-prehistoric-objects/ for further details.

Bristol Model Engineering Workshop - Geoff Sheppard Memorial

Geoff’s (our previous chairman who sadly died in 2013) other great passion The Bristol Society of Model and Experimental Engineers (BSMEE) up at Ashton Court, have a new engineering facility and have asked the family if they can name it as the Geoff Sheppard Memorial Workshop. A wonderful thought and one of course we agreed to instantly.

The plaque is going to be unveiled on Sunday 19th June 2016 at 14:00, the BSMEE have generously suggested that other clubs and societies that Geoff was involved in are welcome to attend, could I ask you to pass this news around the club with an open invite for the unveiling.

Bristol Doors Open Day 2016

We have now confirmed the venues for this year’s event and there are 70 taking part. Most only open Saturday 10 September, but some open on Sunday 11th too 10-4. Because Saturday clashes with the end of the Tour of Britain which means many road closures, venues are being given a choice of opening on Saturday or Sunday or both (like Clifton Rocks Railway)

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

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

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 2016

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 2016/17
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 2016/17

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month in The Avonmouth Community Centre, 257 Avonmouth Road, Avonmouth, BS11 9EN (new address) 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.

Useful websites:


BIAS home | About BIAS | Events | Contact