WIAS Visits & Trips

2020 Visits

Please note this is not organized or endorsed by WIAS but may be of interest!

Heritage of Industry 2020 Tours. Booking has now opened for the 2020 series of tours from this well established company. This years trips include, West Yorkshire, Poland, East Anglia, Hamburg, Bucks Oxon & Surrey, New Zealand. For details of each tour and information on how to book click here to visit the Heritage of Industry website.

2019 Visits

WIAS visits for the 2019 season

Crossness Pumping Station. Alain Foote is planning a visit to Crossness on Sunday 20th October 2019 and he is eager to gauge the level of interest before making a firm booking. Please contact Alain if you would be interested in joining such a trip. His e-mail is alain.foote@outlook.com Alain writes…..I have now got a quote for the coach for this planned trip to one of Steaming Days at Crossness.  The cost would be in the region of £30 per head for members, £32 for non-members. We would leave from Newbold Comyn Car Park around 8 a.m. and return around 7 p.m. Alain Foote, Visits Organiser, WIAS, 28th March 2019

UPDATE Crossness Pumping Station Trip. The booking form for the visit to Crossness on October 20th, 2019 is now available here. This really is a wonderful piece of Victorian engineering and is strongly recommended. Full details are enclosed on the booking form. 31st July 2019

The first visit, which is on Saturday 13th July, is to the VIP day at Fawley Hill Railway and Museum near Henley-on-Thames. Fawley Hill is the private estate of the late Sir William and his widow Lady McAlpine in the heart of the English countryside. Once described by Country Life magazine as ‘the most bonkers estate in Britain’, it is home to a restored Victorian railway station, the steepest standard gauge railway track in the world, a railway museum and over 20 species of animal.  The cost will be £10 per person.

The second visit, on a date to be confirmed in the spring, will be to the CEMEX cement works in Rugby.

The third visit, on Tuesday March 19th 2019, will be to the Taylors Bell Foundry in Loughborough.

Contact Alain Foote to register your interest on alain.foote@outlook.com
or by phone on 01788 810113 or mobile 07801 774277

Heritage of Industry
Please note this is not organized or endorsed by WIAS but may be of interest!

We’re pleased to announce that the Industrial Explorer trip ‘On the border’ to the Tamar Valley is now open for booking. Two days and two half-days from Thursday lunchtime 11th April to Sunday lunchtime will include a visit to the Devon Great Consols mine, Morwelham Quay, Saltash, Devonport, the town of Tavistock and the city of Plymouth. Go to http://www.heritageofindustry.co.uk/citysafaris/2019/Tamar/Tamar.html for more details and booking.

Work is also progressing on the other tours scheduled for 2019 which are:

13th – 19th May 2019 : The AIA Spring Tour – Hungary The AIA tours have been very popular in recent years so do get your place in the queue early and ensure that you get to hear the full details as soon as they’re announced! More details and register interest

3rd – 6th June 2019 : A Country House Comfort & Convenience tour: ‘The Weald of Kent and Sussex’ a new tour this year in our popular Country House series More details and register interest

5th – 8th September : A City Safari to Antwerp. We last visited in 2002 but much has changed since then. We shall be looking at merchants’ houses and warehouses around the Docks and the commercial centre around the Station. Antwerp is an important port and we hope to be able to include a trip to look at the main area of the docks. We shall also look at the tunnels under the River Scheldt. More details and register interest

30th Sep – 3rd October : A Country House Comfort & Convenience tour: ‘The North West’ a repeat of a very well liked tour we ran 3 years ago visiting Lyme Park, Dunham Massey, Tatton Park and Styal  More details and register interest

If any of these take your fancy go to http://www.heritageofindustry.co.uk/UpcomingTours.html and click though for a few more details and to register interest. Quite a few people have already registered interest for these tours so do make sure to get your name in the queue as soon as possible if you’d like to join us.

Kind regards,
Bill Barksfield, Heritage of Industry Ltd, The Gables, 20 Main Road, East Hagbourne, OxonOX11 9LN
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2018 Visits

Heritage of Industry
Please note this is not organized or endorsed by WIAS but may be of interest!
City Safari to Bilbao in September 2018

I’m reminding everyone that we still have a few places left on the City Safari to Bilbao in September. Bilbao is an area previously unexplored by City Safaris and it’s a good time to go to northern Spain with pleasant temperatures for walking and the chance of rain still low. We start on the Wednesday evening 19th September with a group dinner and orientation talk from Sue Constable. On the Thursday we will be looking at the 19th century city: Schools, stations, the market, civic buildings, workers housing and industry. And end with a trip on the Artxanda Funicular. On the Friday we will ride on the Metro to Bagatza in Barakaldo. Here we will see workers’ housing, steel works, ship building and the transporter bridge. In the afternoon we’ll look at docks and wharves finishing at Portugalete where we will have our afternoon break by the transporter bridge. We will then go across on the bridge and finish with a short walk looking at the other side of the river. On Saturday we will take the train to Zorrotza, followed by a walk down to the river looking at a mill on the way. Then climb the hill to Basurtu and after seeing municipal buildings in Sagrado Corazon we’ll take a look at the Feve (narrow gauge railway). There’s time for a short visit to the Maritime Museum before continuing along the river looking at the shipyard site, quays, Deusto university and bridges. The day ends with a visit to the Guggenheim museum. Sunday morning gives us time to visit the First and Second Ensanche, looking at the late 19th and 20th century expansion of the city with a mix of civic, commercial and domestic buildings. And we finish our walk at the Zubi Zuri footbridge in time for a group lunch. Sue Constable will be leading us and it’s sure to be a fascinating trip! Full details and booking are available online at: http://www.citysafaris.co.uk/2018/Bilbao/Bilbao2.html

Bill Barksfield, Managing Director, Heritage of Industry Ltd
Exploring the Industrial Past for more than 28 years

WIAS visit to the former Coventry Evening Telegraph premises
2.00pm Saturday 17th March 2018 

The next WIAS visit will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday 17th March to the former Coventry Evening Telegraph Building in Corporation St. Coventry. This building is going to be redeveloped later in the year, as a hotel, but in the meantime it is possible to visit the building with some of the printing equipment still present. There is a lot of walking and stairs involved. See here https://www.visitcoventry.net/cet/ for further info. We have arranged for a guided visit, they ask for a donation of around £3 per head.

If you wish to join this visit please advise Alain Foote on alain.foote@tesco.net or 01788 810114 or mobile 07801774277 so that we can advise approximate numbers.

Heritage of Industry
is pleased to announce the dates for its tours in 2018
Please note this is not organized or endorsed by WIAS but may be of interest!

12th – 15th April
We begin the year with an Industrial Explorer tour in North Kent. Based in Chatham we will be looking at the River Medway from Maidstone to the confluence with the Thames. The lower reaches of the river have important maritime history and as well as the naval ship-building there were other boatyards in the area where Thames barges and other ships were built. We can also see evidence of the significant paper making industry and at Faversham we may see something of the gunpowder works. Booking is now open: http://www.citysafaris.co.uk/2018/NorthKent/NorthKent.html

14th – 20th May
May sees the AIA Spring Tour to Saxony. Planning is still underway on this tour and is taking longer than expected but we hope to be able to announce more details in the New Year. If you have not done so already you should register interest in joining us: http://www.heritageofindustry.co.uk/Longer%20Tours/2018_Saxony/Saxony.html Those who have already registered do not need to do so again – you have your place in the queue and will be the first to know.

4th – 8th June
June brings the newest addition to our Country House Comfort & Convenience series. This time Marilyn Palmer will lead us to East Yorkshire where we can enjoy finding out more about the introduction of technology to some Country Houses which you may not have visited before like Burton Agnes and Burton Constable amongst others and we may find time for a walk around Beverley as well. Booking is now open: http://www.heritageofindustry.co.uk/CountryHouse/2018_EastYorks/EastYorks.html

3rd – 6th September
In early September we are pleased to be able to repeat our Country House Comfort & Convenience tour in the North West. Ian West will lead us to some of the grandest houses in the region: Lyme Park, Dunham Massey and Tatton Park and we can spend some time at Styal Mill where we will be able to explore the gardens of the Greg’s house and see the newly restored Victorian glasshouse. Register interest: http://www.heritageofindustry.co.uk/CountryHouse/2018_NorthWest/NorthWest.html  to be sure of hearing details as soon as they are announced.

19th – 23rd September
And we close our season with an exciting City Safari in Bilbao on the north coast of Spain. From the beginning it was a port and a trading town where Castilian wool was sold and exported. But in the 17th century iron mining became important. As ships became larger the port moved downriver and factories and warehouses lined the river banks. There has been a move to rejuvenate the city in recent years and efforts are being made to adapt and re-use some of the factories and industrial sites. The flagship building in this rejuvenation is the Guggenheim Museum built on the site of former wharves which we shall visit. We will also look at transport including a narrow gauge railway, a transporter bridge and a funicular. Register interest: http://www.citysafaris.co.uk/2018/Bilbao/Bilbao.html

I hope you find some of the above appealing and I look forward to welcoming you on the tours next year.

Kind regards,
Bill Barksfield
Managing Director
Heritage of Industry Ltd
Exploring the Industrial Past for more than 27 years
The Gables, 20 Main Road, East Hagbourne, Oxon, OX11 9LN
Web: http://www.heritageofindustry.co.uk
Email: bill@heritageofindustry.co.uk
Phone/Fax: +44 1235 352275

2017 Visits

WIAS visit to Charlecote Mill, Warwickshire
Friday 24th November 2017

The next WIAS visit has been arranged for Friday 24th November 2017 to Charlecote Water Mill, Charlecote Road, Hampton Lucy, CV35 8BB.  The visit will start at 10:00 a.m. The visit will give us the chance to step back in time and glimpse Karl’s life as a traditional miller and what goes into looking after this amazing historic mill.  We will get a very comprehensive tour starting outside and then working our way through the mill finishing in the roof.  We will also get an insight into the history of the mill, as well as seeing it come to life. Numbers are limited to 20 maximum and cost will be £4.50 per head.  The tour will take around 2 hours, members should be aware that that anyone with mobility issues may struggle around the mill, as the floors are uneven and the stairs are steep.  Most people can manage the first flight of stairs, but the stairs into the top floor are more like a ladder.  There is no heating in the mill, so it is recommended that you wear warm clothing. For those interested, it is proposed that we meet afterwards in the Boars Head pub in Hampton Lucy for lunch.  It is recommended that people park in Hampton Lucy village and walk to the mill from there. If you are interested in attending this visit please book your place with Alain Foote (alain.foote@tesco.net), as soon as possible, and send a cheque payable to WIAS for £4.50 per head, or pay at the WIAS meeting on Thursday 9th November.

Alain Foote
01788 810113 or 07801 774277

WIAS visit to the Birmingham Museums Collection
Monday 30th October 2017

The next WIAS visit has been arranged for Monday afternoon (13:00 to 15:00) 30th October 2017 to the Birmingham Museum Collections Centre at Dollman Street, Nechells in Birmingham.  Further details are given in the attached document. The cost is £10 per head.  Numbers are strictly limited so please email or phone Alain Foote, as soon as possible, to reserve your place, once you have a place confirmed please send a cheque to Alain payable to WIAS for the correct amount.  If the visit is oversubscribed it may be possible to increase the numbers or arrange a visit on another date. To view some photos of the collection in the WIAS photo gallery click here.

Alain Foote
01788 810113 or 07801 774277

Heritage of Industry
Please note this is not organized or endorsed by WIAS but may be of interest!

Maidstone to the Thames – Heritage of Industry Tour

1st – 4th June 2017
Led by Sue Constable
Our Industrial Explorer tour in June will be looking at the River Medway from Maidstone to the confluence with the Thames. The area is not always thought of as being a significant industrial area but actually houses a range of interesting sites. The lower reaches of the river have important maritime history, the most obvious survival being Chatham Naval Dockyard. There were also naval and other military installations on the Isle of Sheppey including gunpowder works. Chatham has also been the home of the Royal Engineers since 1750 and there are many buildings associated with this. As well as the naval ship-building there were other boatyards in the area where Thames barges and other ships were built. The whole area was home to a significant paper making industry. Newsprint for the daily papers was made here as well as better quality paper. We shall be looking at the remains of this industry including an industrial railway. Faversham was important for the manufacture of gunpowder and other explosives and will be included in our itinerary.
The Friday will be spent looking at the lower Medway valley and the town of Maidstone. We will visit Aylesford where there was an important paper mill and will continue to look at Allington on the river Medway. We will then explore Maidstone looking at the development of a County Town including the buildings associated with the jail built in 1810. We hope to finish the day with a walk to look at some of the older mill sites just outside Maidstone.
On Saturday, we will move closer to the Thames Estuary. We plan to visit Faversham and include a visit to the 18th century Chart Gunpowder Mills, said to be the oldest of their kind in the world, powder from which was used at the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo. Shipbuilding will also be included and then Sittingbourne including a visit to the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway. We will finish the day on the Isle of Sheppey discovering what is left of the military installations and the steel works.
Sunday will be spent exploring Rochester and Chatham finishing with a visit to the Naval Dockyard. We will look at the bridge crossing the Medway and at the effects the development of the Dockyard had on the town of Chatham. Lunch in the dockyard with the group is included.
Booking is now open, click here:  http://www.citysafaris.co.uk/2017/NorthKent/NorthKent2.html for full details and booking.

I look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
Kind regards
Bill Barksfield, Managing Director, Heritage of Industry Ltd,
Exploring the Industrial Past for more than 25 years
The Gables, 20 Main Road, East Hagbourne, Oxon, OX11 9LN
Web: http://www.heritageofindustry.co.uk  Email: bill@heritageofindustry.co.uk Phone/Fax: +44 1235 352275

Heritage of Industry
Please note this is not organized or endorsed by WIAS but may be of interest!

Country House Technology open for booking – Heritage of Industry Tour

Though the AIA Spring Tour has sold out I would just like to remind everyone that the Country House Comfort & Convenience tours in 2017 remain open for booking. Professor Marilyn Palmer MBE and Dr Ian West lead this series of unique, small-group tours where they will guide us through some of our great country houses, help us to understand some of the fascinating early technologies still to be seen and explain how they changed the lives of those who lived and worked there.

In April we are off to the Welsh Borders for 3 nights at the historic Prince Rupert Hotel in the heart of Shrewsbury. From there we will be taking a look at Chirk Castle, Erddig, Powis Castle, Attingham Park and Stokesay Court: The most grandiloquent Victorian mansion in the country according to Pevsner.
In June we stay in Bristol and Devon to visit Tyntesfield House, Hestercombe with its gardens by Lutyens and Jekyll, Lanhydrock in Cornwall amongst other things showing how male and female staff were kept separate, Saltram House and Castle Drogo: the last castle to be built in England.
In August we go across the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland. The Province is beautiful in summer and we begin by seeing Mount Stewart on Strangford Lough and apart from what is to be seen in the house we may still be able to find the remains of the gas works fired with coal brought across the Lough. We will also see Myra Castle Farm (less pretty,  but even more fascinating), Castle Ward, Castle Coole, Florence Court and The Argory – complete with its acetylene gas installation. The last owner wouldn’t have the acetylene replaced by electric lighting because the electric was too dangerous!
In September we are off to the North East and Scottish Borders. Beginning our stay at the Royal Station Hotel in Newcastle we will first visit Cragside, former home of Lord Armstrong, Tyneside’s notable industrialist, engineer, innovator (and arms manufacturer) who created one of the most modern and surprising houses for its time in the country. We also include Alnwick Castle, Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott and one of the earliest domestic gas installations, Traquair House (1107) the oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland and Manderston, the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland.

For full details and booking click: http://www.heritageofindustry.co.uk/CountryHouse/index.htm

Sales of Marilyn & Ian’s book “Technology in the Country House” have been going well but the cheapest price is still available through us with a booking on any of these tours. Just tick the box on the booking form!

I look forward to welcoming you on one of our tours,
Bill Barksfield
Managing Director

Visit to Kempton Great Engines and London Museum of Steam and Water
Sunday March 19th 2017.

Arrangements have now been finalised for this coach trip. Cost per head will be £29.50 which includes the admission fees to both the Kempton Great Engines and the Kew Museum. Please complete the attached booking form with a cheque payable to WIAS and give to Alain Foote at the next WIAS meeting, or send by post to 16, St. Marks Ave., RUGBY, CV22 7NP, enclosing a S.A.E. for return of the tickets. Please note that tickets are non refundable, except in the event of the trip being oversubscribed, when refunds may be possible. Numbers are limited to 30, so it is first come first served.

The coach will leave from the car park at Newbold Comyn, Newbold Terrace East, Royal Leamington Spa, opposite the Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre at 08:30 prompt and will return there sometime after 18:00. We are aiming to arrive at Kempton Great Engines for when they open at 10:30. We will then leave Kempton to travel to Kew around 13:00. We will leave Kew at 16:00. The Kempton engine will be in steam, but unfortunately due to maintenance there will be no stationary engines in steam at Kew. Hopefully, the narrow gauge railways at both locations will be operating. The ticket price includes guided tours at each location. The ticket will serve as your admission ticket to both museums, so please make sure you bring it with you on the day. Light refreshments will be available to purchase at each location.

Click here to download the booking form for this trip!

2016 Visits

WIAS Visits
 Three more WIAS visits have been arranged.

The first is to Shrewsbury on Sunday 19th June to visit Ditherington Flaxmill ( see http://www.flaxmill-maltings.co.uk/) and Coleham Pumping Station (see http://colehampumpingstation.co.uk/) .  It is intended that guided tours will be arranged at each location.  We will meet at Ditherington Flaxmill at 11:00 a.m. and then move to Coleham for around 2:00 p.m.  Transport will be by members’ cars and it is suggested that members take a packed lunch or arrange to have lunch in Shrewsbury.  Normal admission charges will apply at both sites.

The second visit for WIAS members has been arranged by Alain Foote on Friday 8th July to the “Cementing Relations with Southam” exhibition in Southam followed by a site visit to examine the remains uncovered during the excavations at Nelson’s Wharf Stockton.  This will be followed by lunch at a nearby pub for those interested.  The visit starts at 10:00 a.m at Southam Heritage Collection in Vivian House Southam.  The visit will be led by John Frearson. Anyone interested in joining this visit should contact Alain Foote on alain.foote@tesco.net.  Please indicate whether or not you wish to join the party for lunch.  Numbers are limited to 15, so early application is advised.  There will be a fair bit of walking and a torch is advised too.

The third visit is planned for Thursday 21st July when WIAS member Chris Barney will be leading a tour of the canal installation and buildings at Braunston.  This tour will involve a considerable amount of walking, probably around 1½ miles, so is only suitable for those who do not have mobility problems.  The plan is to meet at Braunston at 11:00 a.m. and stop for lunch at the Admiral Nelson pub by the canal at Braunston.  Numbers for this visit are limited to 16 or so, so it will be first come first served.

Further details will be provided nearer the time, but if you wish to join any of these visits, please contact Alain Foote by email on alain.foote@tesco.net or phone 01788 570786 to reserve your place/places. February 2016

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