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Cambridge Industrial Archaeology Society 2016-2017 Programme

East of England Region Industrial Archaeology Conference: Saturday 3 June 2017

EERIAC XXVII will be held on Saturday 3 June 2017 at the Braintree Museum, Manor Street, Braintree, CM7 3HW.
Places (£13 per person), payable via cheque to EERIAC (postal address: Hines Farm, Middlewood Green, Early Stonham, Stowmarket, IP14 5HG).


9.30 Registration, refreshments
10.05 "Courtaulds Ltd in Essex - the first hundred years" George Courtauld, O.B.E.
10.55 "Industrial villages in Essex" Tony Crosby
12.00-13.15 Lunch
13.15-14.15 Visit to Warner Textile Archive, Silks Way, CM7 3GB
14.45-16:15 Guided walking tour of Silver End, a 20th-century factory village built by Crittalls windows (CM8 3RQ).

2017-2018 CIAS Programme

Events usually start at 7.45pm on the second Monday of the month from October to April at the Friends' Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA:


Monday 9 October 2017
Restoring the DH88 COMET aircraft
Presenter: Dodge Bailey
Dodge Bailey, Chief Pilot at the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage (land and air) vehicles, will explain what it takes to restore a (wooden) DH88 COMET jet back to flying, following major modifications to its undercarriage.

Previous Events: 2016-2017 programme

Monday, October 10, 2016
The Hovertrain Experiment
Presenter: Eddie Edwards
Eddie’s encyclopaedic knowledge led the meeting on a journey through the "Hovertrain" (aka: tracked hovercraft) project from its inception in Southampton in the 1960s to its demise in 1973 in the Fens when Government funding was withdrawn. The test track ran from a base at Earith to Sutton Gault. Some evidence of the track remains and a section of track and a "Car” are preserved at Railworld in Peterborough.

Monday, November 14, 2016
The History of the Port of Felixstowe
This talk described the various phases of the port's history since its foundation as the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company in 1875, including the problems (both economic and operational), which had to be overcome in order to make Felixstowe the UK’s leading container port.
Presenter: Gordon Steptoe

Monday, December 12, 2016
Don Unwin: the Man who Made Time
The late Don Unwin was a master instrument maker famed for his reconstructions of early timepieces and unique clocks of his own design.
Brian Jackson recollects Don Unwin, and how Brian and Don learned from each other.

Monday, January 9, 2017: Annual General Meeting
The meeting will include:

  • Update on the future plans of the Cambridge Museum of Technology
  • Selection of mini-presentations, to be drawn from
    • Two go to Cornwall in search of Industrial Archaeology (and the perfect Tiddy Oggy)
    • How to live with an elderly Riley (car) in Norfolk.
    • The Rolls Royce Griffon 57/58"Poetry in V12 Motion". (A “user” remembers)

Monday, February 13, 2017
Quaker Enterprise and the Industrial Revolution
The Industrial Revolution made it possible to be drawn on Quaker railway tracks pulled by Quaker built engines, dressed in Quaker-made clothing, and eating Quaker food and drink - all made possible by money drawn from Quaker banks.  Quaker families such as Barclays, Clarks, Darby, Rowntree and Wedgwood played a significant role. Yet Quakers formed only a very small proportion of the contemporary population. Come and hear Graham Waterhouse explain how and why this Quaker enterprise took place.

Monday, March 13, 2017
A Cambridge Millers Tale
Julian Garratt

Monday, April 10, 2017
*CHANGE TO ORIGINAL PROGRAMME*: Crossing the Cam: Ferries and Bridges
David Stubbings


For October 2016 - September 2017: £15
Visitors: £3 each meeting (members of Cambridge Museum of Technology: £2)

To join the Society or to renew membership, please contact:
Stephen Hipkin, 82, Frog End, Shepreth, Royston, Herts, SG8 9RF, telephone: 01763 261 915

For programme and EERIAC event information, please contact:
Robin Chandler, 12 Church Street, Hemingford Grey, PE28 9DF, telephone: 01480 465571

About Cambridge Industrial Archaeology Society

The Society's aim is to study and record the industrial history and artefacts of Cambridgeshire. It has links with the Association of Industrial Archaeology (AIA) and is one of the founder members of the East of England Industrial Archaeology Conference (EERIAC). The Society's meetings, visits and conferences are open to everyone with an interest in industrial history. Registered charity number: 265592


East of England Industrial Archaeology Conference (EERIAC) is normally held on the second Saturday in June in each. The usual format is for talks in the morning, followed by a tour around local sites of interest. EERIAC 2017 is due to be held in Suffolk.