WIAS Visits & Trips

2017 Visits

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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