Industrial Heritage & Science meetings
Meetings of the IH&S group are held in the
Westminster Lecture Theatre
@ Farnborough College of Technology 15:00-16:30
Please contact the group before attending if not enrolled as a group member. See the Yearbook for further details of the group.
12th January 2024
The rocks beneath our feet.
~ Ian Pigram BSc (Hons.), MSc, DIC, FGS
9th February ' 24
Wandle Industrial Museum ~ Mick Taylor, General Manager of the Museum
8th March 2024
Over 200 Years of Gurkha Service to Britain Assistant Curator Doug Henderson MA
2023-24 Meetings already held
13th October 2023
Not Just For Spies! ~ Chris Shaw
10th November 2023
Wartime dispersals from the RAE. ~ Doug Bateman
Following a wartime dispersal of defence work from the RAE several country houses were occupied. This is part of their story. After bomb damage in 1940 there were dispersals to several locations, such as Ambarrow Court near Crowthorne and Bramshot near Fleet. The emphasis is on the Ambarrow site with an element of social history in the 1940s, and a description of the large house and huts in the walled garden. There was a remarkable social life. Logically as part of Radio Department much work covered infra-red and electronic countermeasures, and unusually, basic research into atmospheric absorption and semiconductors. Some very eminent scientists started at Ambarrow. The outstation was closed in 1969 with moves back into the RAE.