WIAS Visits & Trips


Wednesday 22nd March 2023
Dennis Eagle Factory, Warwick

A visit to the Dennis Eagle factory in Warwick on 22nd March 2023 at 10 a.m. There will be a presentation on the Company, its products and history followed by a tour of the factory. This tour will included a fair bit of walking. Members must book places with Alain in advance and we will need to car share to keep numbers of cars down.  Places are limited to 15, so early booking is advised!  Alain will send further details of where to park etc. to those planning to attend. If you would like to join this trip please contact Alain.

Wednesday 12th April 2023
WO Bentley Memorial Foundation

A visit to the WO Bentley Memorial Foundation HQ at Wroxhall, (Oxon), which was postponed from 2022. Arrive at the Clubhouse at 10.00 am on the 12th April – have a look round and a talk on WO Bentley in Coventry. The Vintage Motor Cycle Club will join us at 11.00 am and we then join them for a talk on WO Bentley and motorcycles. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Further exploration of the Clubhouse, Museum and Archive can take place before we leave. 

Wednesday April 19th 2023
Stourbridge Glass and Canal Walk

Following the Stourbridge Glass talk last year, Alain has organised a visit and walk on Wednesday April 19th. 2023. We will meet at The Bonded Warehouse (DY8 4LU) at 10.45 a.m. and walk along the canal up to The Red House Glass Cone.  This is a leisurely walk of between 1-1.30 hours.  The guide will tell the stories of the factories and locations which created world-class glass.  We will also learn about the people and companies along the cut who put Stourbridge Glass on the map.

At The Cone there is a shop, independent retailers and a great Coffee House that you can either get a drink or light lunch.  You can either retrace your steps along the canal or alternatively there is a 20 minute walk back to The Bonded Warehouse along the main road.  The cost per person is £3.75 per head. Please book your places with Alain, who will collect the £3.75 at the March or April WIAS meetings.  When he knows who wishes to go Alain will also try to arrange car sharing.  It is also possible to travel by train, with Stourbridge Town station being approximately ½ mile from the Bonded Warehouse.

Tuesday 16th May 2023
Bletchley Park, National Museum of Computing
Alain Foote has arranged a visit to the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, geared to follow the talk to WIAS by Peter Hoath planned for April 13th. 2023. The date is Tuesday 16th May 2023.  Further details will be available in due course, the cost will be £15 per head.  Alain suggests that members car share or travel by train to Bletchley. If you would like to join this trip please contact Alain.

Sunday 24th September 2023
Claymills Pumping Station, Burton on Trent
A guided tour of the Claymills Pumping Station, Burton on Trent, (see http://www.claymills.org.uk), on Sunday September 24th 2023 starting at 11am. It is one of the Claymills steaming days. The full tour is probably not suitable for those with mobility difficulties. Please contact me, (details below), if you are interested in joining the visit.

Alain Foote, WIAS Visits Secretary, Email alain.foote@outlook.com
Phone 01788 810113 or 07801 774277

Other Trips of Interest

Heritage of Industry Tours
Heritage of Industry Tours ‘Industrial Explorer to South Wales’ in April 2023, is now open for booking. Follow this link to visit their website for more information.

Heritage of Industry Tours 2023. Please follow this link if you are interested in any of their planned tours as some of the dates have now changed. 11th March 2023

A reminder that the Association for Industrial Archaeology’s 50th. Annual Conference and Seminar takes place 1st.- 6th. September 2023 at the University of Bath. Details are to be found on the AIA website www.industrial-archaeology.org