SIAS

 

 

Diary

 

Please note that members or guests taking part in meetings, visits or field events do so at

their own risk as the societies can not accept any responsibility for injury or damage.

SOMERSET INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

BRISTOL INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

COKER ROPE & SAIL TRUST

DORSET INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY

INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY SECTION of the DEVON ASSOCIATION

WESTONZOYLAND ENGINE TRUST

GREAT WESTERN SOCIETY (Taunton Branch)

SOMERSET INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

 

Talks: Held fortnightly on Monday evenings from October to March at North Town School, off Wood Street, Taunton, (location map) and starting at 19:30 the SIAS programme covers a wide range of topics. Refreshments are available and SIAS publications are for sale.

There is no charge to members to attend lectures; non-members are welcome and are charged £2.

 

Field Trips: SIAS enjoys a full programme of day, half-day and evening visits to places of industrial and historic interest. There is no charge to members unless there are transport costs or admission fees to pay.

Members must indicate the visits in which they intend to participate. Please contact the Field Officer, Peter Daniel (address below) to book places.

Non-members can attend field trips on payment of a £2 fee in addition to any other charges, but please first contact the Field Officer, Peter Daniel (address below) to book places.

Where the number of available places is limited, preference will be given to members.

Contact: Peter Daniel, peter.daniel51@btinternet.com

 

Tuesday 24 July

Evening Fossick to Frome led by Geoff Fitton.

Meet 18.30 at Cattle Market car park, by the library, free after 18.00 [BA11 1BE][Grid reference: ST777472]

 

Friday 3 August

All day visit to the Underfall Yard and Cumberland Basin, Bristol

Meet 11.15 at the Underfall yard, Cumberland Road, Bristol [BS1 6XG]

The Underfall Yard is owned and managed by the Underfall Yard Trust and for over two hundred years has been central to the management and operation of Bristol’s floating harbour and its development by Jessop and Brunel. We start at 11.30 with a demonstration of the hydraulic pumps, then a tour of all the maintenance facilities finishing at the visitor centre. There is a cafe on site or members can bring their own food or use adjacent pubs. At 14.15 we will assemble again to walk around the Cumberland Basin, the main entrance to the floating harbour and with many historic features to be seen including Brunel’s ‘other bridge’, a swing bridge which was the precursor to the techniques used in the Saltash Bridge. We aim to finish by 15.30. Note that there is no parking at the yard so please allow time to park elsewhere or use public transport. There is parking near the SS Great Britain which is a good 10 minute walk away (maximum stay 5 hrs, £5) or alternatively several of the Park & Ride buses pass the Yard.

More information about getting to Underfall Yard can be found here: http://www.underfallyard.co.uk

More information about Park and Ride can be found here: https://travelwest.info/park-ride

 

Monday - Wednesday 17 - 19 September

Three day/two night visit to West Cornwall

Organized in conjunction with IASDA

Based near Hayle and involving guided visits to a number of sites.

Monday morning: Travel to venue near Great Flat Lode Trail, Camborne. Picnic lunch & short guided walk.

Evening: Talk - 'Managing Camborne/Redruth and Hayle World Heritage Sites'

Tuesday: Hayle guided walk, including Heritage Centre, Copperhouse, Foundry, Carnsew, Quays.

Evening: Talk/Walk on Towans

Wednesday: Start return journey. Coast road. Short stop at Portreath, then on to Cligga Head for talk, picnic lunch, and guided meander around explosive works (more visible remains than at Gwithian). Home.

Talks and walks organized by Kingsley Rickard (Trevithick Society, Hayle Heritage Centre trustee)

See websites for wealth of background information on areas mentioned above.

If staying: Make own accommodation arrangements. (Reasonable prices, boot room, parking at Treloyhan Manor Hotel, Carbis Bay, 01736 796240.)

Alternatives are Premier Inn or Travelodge in Hayle.

Please book for this visit as soon as possible.

 

Saturday 22 September

Visit to Drakelands mine, Hemerdon, Devon

Please note that this visit has been cancelled by Wolf Minerals due to ongoing improvement works. They intend giving SIAS a new date in due course; announcements will be made via the website and at meetings.

 

Monday October 8

The Restoration of Sentinel locomotive 7109 ‘Joyce’ at Midsomer Norton

Speaker: Andy Chapman.

 

Monday October 22

The Restoration of the Wellington Monument

Speakers: Ken Evans and Wendy Lutley of the National Trust

 

Monday November 5

Bridgwater Docks and the Bascule Bridge

Speaker: Ray Alexander of the Inland Waterways Association.

 

Monday November 19

Lighthouses of the Bristol Channel

Speaker: John Page

 

Monday December 3

Members Evening.

Slides, talks, demonstrations, artefacts, photographs, anecdotes, etc. – whatever members have to offer. All contributions welcome - please contact the Field Officer if you are able to contribute.

Non-members welcome (visitor fee: £2 each)

 

Contact: For field trips, please contact the Field Officer, Peter Daniel, peter.daniel51@btinternet.com.

(E-mail contact is preferred when possible since it makes it easier to contact those booked on trips in the event of changes, but telephone 07736 374003 if urgent.)

BRISTOL INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Meetings are held in Keynsham British Legion, Charlton Road, Keynsham BS31 2JA

Contact: Maggie Shapland BEM, 97 Princess Victoria Street, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4DD

maggie.shapland@googlemail.com
More information:
www.b-i-a-s.org.uk

COKER ROPE & SAIL TRUST

Dawes Twine Works - West Coker

Open on the 4th Saturday of every month - 10am to 4pm.

More information: www.westcoker.net/home-page/ropewalk

DORSET INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY

Autumn & Winter meetings start at 7.30pm in the Dorset Room of the Colliton Club, Dorchester (opposite County Hall). All are welcome, including non-members (£2 charge)

Contact: For information contact Ian White on 01929 462868

More information: www.dorsetias.com

INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY SECTION of the DEVON ASSOCIATION

Further details from Brendan Hurley - brendanhurley@fastmail.co.uk

More information: www.devonassoc.org.uk/sections

WESTONZOYLAND ENGINE TRUST

Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum is open every Sunday afternoon from 1pm to 5pm throughout the year. Admission is free when not in steam.

More information: www.wzlet.org 

GREAT WESTERN SOCIETY - Taunton Branch

Meetings are held on the third Friday of each month, throughout the year, at Stoke St Mary Village Hall, near Taunton. TA3 5BY (unless otherwise indicated) commencing at 19.30 All are welcome.

More information: www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/getting_involved/local_groups.html#southwest

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