Meetings

Monthly Meetings and additional open meetings arranged by the Industrial Archaeology group provide an open meeting almost every fortnight.

Initially all meetings will be "virtual" via ZOOM - but we hope to revert to "real" meetings when Covid guidance allows. Check the website prior to each meeting for venue.

Other groups meeting by Zoom welcome new joiners, or just "sit-ins" for 1 session.

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May 25th (via Zoom) Marcus Ward 2020 in 2020, a celebration of New Forest wildlife.

The talk previously announced by Tony Strafford on Bishops, Sex and Money maybe presented at a later date.
The May Monthly Meeting has been rearranged as follows..



In 2020 Russ and Marcus from Wild New Forest set themselves a target of recording 2020 species in the confines of the New Forest National Park within a year. What they didn’t plan for was the unprecedented global pandemic that would hit them. The opportunity to immerse themselves in wildlife on their daily walks provided a wonderful tonic, what started as a friendly competition became a wonderful eye-opening experience of the amazing diversity that can be seen in the UK’s smallest National Park. The talk will focus of the highlights of a truly memorable year, but did they achieve the target – tune in to find out!


June 15th (via Zoom). Eric McLoughlin: The Apollo Programme.


Over the years since the end of the Apollo moon programme, a number of myths and inaccurate accounts have grown up around the story of the missions and the people involved – perpetuated by TV documentaries and Hollywood dramas based on the real events.

Eric's aim is to point out some of these inaccuracies and to tell the REAL story – which is every bit as interesting


June 29th (venue tbc) Tess Burrows Grannies can do anything

Tess took part in the sledge race to the South Pole in 2009 with James Cracknell and Ben Fogle as filmed by the BBC.

July 13th. (via Zoom) Paul Ross: Silver City Airways,.

On 14th July 1948, Silver City Airways launched its pioneering cross-Channel Air Ferry service between Lympne in Kent and Le Touquet. Paul Ross, Chairman of the Silver City Association, will tell the story of the Air Ferry and how Silver City Airways came to be formed.


September 28th (venue tbc) Richard Elsey The Golden Age of Radio

Looking at the growth of radio through the 20s and 30s. Then at the effect of the war years through the 40s and ending with the 50s and the impact of TV.


October 26th ~ AGM

November 30th (venue tbc) Ian Keable
The Century of Deception: The Birth of the Hoax in the Eighteenth Century

The 1700s was a period when the people of England seemed to be especially gullible. They believed a woman could give birth to rabbits; a man could climb inside a two pint bottle and sing inside it; and where a blond-haired European could write a book claiming that he was born in Taiwan. These hoaxes weren't just written about extensively in newspapers and journals but also brilliantly and amusingly depicted by satirical artists such as William Hogarth and James Gillray. In this entertaining talk Ian demonstrates how 18th century hoaxes are memorable not only for their imaginative nature but also because of the differing motives of the tricksters

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May 11th (via Zoom) Chris Shaw: The Collapse of Millmead Weir.

The River Wey Navigation was extended from Guildford to Godalming, and opened in 1764 to carry cargo to and from the Thames. It was one of the earliest rivers to be made navigable. Millmead Weir is one of the structures used to control the level of the water in the Navigation. It collapsed at the start of November 2019, draining the water as far upstream as St. Catherine’s lock, and trapping the boats at Farncombe. The construction of a ‘temporary’ weir started on 23rd March 2020 and was completed in June. This talk starts with the history of the weir, and previous works done to maintain it over the years, and continues with the latest work up to June 2020. The work was carried out during the coronavirus lockdown period.

April 27th (via Zoom) Dan Allen The VC Facts and Fantasies.
The talk looks at the origins of the VC and some of the more unusual stories that surround it.

April 13th (via Zoom). Chris McKay: Iron and Steel: A historical review of production from early times to 1900.
Chris McKay is a practical horologist as well as author, teacher and historical researcher. To delve deeper into his passion of turret clocks he has studied the production of iron and steel from the earliest times up to the present time. The presentation will cover technical and social issues and will be well illustrated, often with examples of turret clocks. Chris has spoken to the IA group in the past on large turret clocks (as in churches and other towers).

March 30th (via Zoom) Brian Freeland Richelieu the Cardinal and his City
In 1585, when Armand-Jean du Plessis (later Cardinal de Richelieu) was born, France existed only as a geographical area: neither language nor law provided any unity. Loyalties were feudal, religious and/or regional. Richelieu dictated both the military strategies which provided France with new defensible borders, and inaugurated the unifying reforms which moulded the state’s own national cultural identity. In the process Richelieu discovered the power of cultural propaganda, and sought control of the country’s literary and artistic activities and institutions.

March 9th (via Zoom). Arthur Kearse: Technical Aspects of the Dambusters raid.
The talk covers the Upkeep weapon system development process and operational employment. It includes discussion of target defeat and the use of scaling and similarity to analyse weapon effects. The importance of spin in the weapon concept is explained, as are the problems that this introduces. It is hoped that Arthur will mention Farnborough’s involvement, and the strategic implications.

February 23rd (via Zoom) Jane Lewis Fashion and Folly
This talk focuses on the alarming and bizarre things that people have done over the years to enhance their beauty and be regarded as fashionable. It may surprise you to know just how dangerous our ancestors’ clothes and makeup were and the extraordinary lengths they were prepared to go to just be al la mode. Let this be a cautionary warning from history!

January 26th (via ZOOM) John Harrison Human Factors
During the last century the discipline of Ergonomics (aka Human Factors) has come to play a vital role in ensuring that our ever more complex and technological world is fit for humans to live and work in. In this talk I will give you some insights into the history of this fascinating subject that spans the divide between people and their environment. To illustrate the problems, I will describe many examples (good and bad) drawn from real life.