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. 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 (see below) to book places.

 

Tuesday 1 May

All day visit to Bideford.

Meet in Bank End long stay car park at 10.30 [EX39 2QQ][Grid reference: SS456270] Cost £3 all day. Morning - town walkabout led by Peter Christie, local historian. Cost £1 each. Lunch at adjacent Barge Cafe or own arrangements. Afternoon tour, at 13.45, of the steamship SS Freshspring which is undergoing restoration at the quay adjacent to the car park (SS Freshspring was the subject of one our talks last Autumn) – donations expected towards the restoration. Afterwards optional visit to the nearby Burton Gallery and museum which has displays about local industries including Bideford Black (the pigment material and associated anthracite mined locally). The museum is free and closes at 16.00 so we will be finished by then.

 

Wednesday 23 May

Evening Fossick around Langport led by Peter Daniel.

Meet 19.00 in free car park in centre [TA10 9PG][Grid reference: ST419267]

 

Monday 18 June

Afternoon visit to Upottery Airfield

Commencing at 14.00 at he WW2 Upottery Airfield Nissen Hut and Heritage Centre at Slough Lane, Smeatharpe [EX14 9RD],[Grid reference: ST203109] The visit includes the Heritage Centre where a guided tour and explanation will take place, followed by an accompanied tour of the Airfield with the overall visit lasting about 3 ½ hours. Charges are £10.00 per person, and include one serving of tea/coffee and biscuits person during the visit.

 

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

Advanced notice only as times are still to be notified. Further details will be provided in the September Bulletin, on the website, and to members who book. Numbers are limited.

Note - this is one of a series of tours being organised for members of the general public and at this stage it is not clear whether the visit will include many of the more technical aspects of mining and ore processing that SIAS members might find of most interest.

 

Note: Members should indicate the visits in which they intend to participate. Email responses to the Field Officer (address below) are preferable since it makes it easier to contact members in the event of changes. Visitors are welcome but members have first preference where numbers are limited. Visitors 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, 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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