Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society (BIAS)

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Conferences, lectures and events of interest

Hereford Waterworks Museum

BIAS members are welcome to join the Newcomen Society party to the Hereford Waterworks Museum at 12noon on Sunday 12th October for a guided tour of the museum and also to attend the National Stirling Engine day. Doors for the public open at 1.30pm Price including a light lunch is £16.
Let John Anning john.anning@hotmail.co.uk know if there is any interest

SGMRG WINTER TALKS PROGRAMME

Coalpit Heath 7:30pm

CELEBRATING STEAM SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, 22 November 2014 9.30 to 5.00 Devizes Town Hall.

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

Tickets available from Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Devizes Tel 01380 727369 wanhs@wiltshireheritage.org.uk

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

(The University of the West of England, Conference Centre is situated off the A4174, Avon Ring Road. From J1 on the M32 turn east towards Filton along the A4174 and take the second turning into the north entrance. The Conference Centre will be signposted with AA road signs. )

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

Newcomen Society – August tour PD Rhymney Valley Colliery sites

Rhymney Valley Collieries, Wednesday, 13th August 2014
Powell Duffryn
Tour Guide: Leslie Shore Recommended Map: OS Landranger Map 171

An aim of the tour is to raise interest in the significant role that colliery engineering played in founding the Rhymney Valley collieries of the Powell Duffryn (PD) Steam Coal Company. The chief aim of the tour is to convey some appreciation about how PD became a successful business through engineering low cost coal production to meet a worldwide boom for Welsh steam coal. As a measure of business success, in 1935 Powell Duffryn Associated Collieries Limited became Britain’s pre-eminent private coal company. The company was formed in 1864 so that Sir George Elliot and a group of industrialists could buy the steam coal collieries owned by the sons of the late Thomas Powell.

Contact John Anning john.anning@hotmail.co.uk to book

Clifton Rocks Railway Events 2014

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 2014/15

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month (Not January – see below) 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

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
16 October 2014 Woodworking Machinery - John Wilson
20 November 2014 Somerset Coal Canal - Derek Hunt
December - no meeting
15 January 2015 Joint Meeting with BIAS at Keynsham
19 February 2015 Conservation Ethics in Practice - Geoff Wallis (Presidential Address)
19 March 2015 Neath Abbey Ironworks - Laurence Ince
16 April The Oblivion of Trevithick - Philip Hosken
21 May Titanic's Engines: Insights from a Ship's Engineer - John Porter

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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