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.

 

Monday 13 March

Maritime Shortcuts

Speaker: Colin Vosper

Colinís talk will focus on the attempts to provide a canal across the South-West peninsula, and on two grander shortcuts - the Suez and Panama canals. Colin is a retired Further Education lecturer.

 

Monday 20 March

Winter visit to Devon Heritage Centre (combining the Devon Record Office and the West Country Studies Library)

Guided tour of the facilities. Meet 2pm at the Centre which is at Great Moor House, Bittern Road, Sowton, Exeter, EX2 7NL. The tour will last 1 Ĺ  to 2 hours. Price £3 each. Numbers limited. Please reserve place by notifying Field Officer at a meeting or by e-mail or phone (details below).

 

Monday 27 March

Annual General Meeting

Wine and Finger Buffet provided.

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


By Car: From Bristol, turn right at the Keynsham bypass roundabout to go to Keynsham. Straight on at Station roundabout and turn next right. Very substantial council car park on Ashton Way about 50 yards from the Legion. Free after 6pm.


By Bus: The 337/339 service run by First Bus from Bath via Saltford stops in Temple Street at the opposite end of the High Street from the Legion giving you a 5 minute walk. Alternatively you can stay on this service and travel round Keynsham until it arrives at the other end of the High Street and get off on Charlton Road and walk down to the Legion or get off opposite St Johns Church on the High Street. The service is hourly and at present timings are reasonably convienient for meetings. The 349 service from Bristol via Brislington is provided by Abus and First Bus (return tickets can be used on both operators). This sets down opposite St Johns Church. The service is hourly, the return times are at present not ideal unless you want to stay for a drink at the Legion.
 

By Rail: There are direct hourly services from Bristol Parkway and Bath.

 

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). Parking is available nearby. Why not have a pre-lecture meal at The Colliton Club, which is open from 6-10pm? All are welcome to join us, 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

 

The dates below are when the engines are in steam. 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, and all are welcome.

 

The Group also arranges a programme of events almost monthly which include an Annual Dinner, day trips to locations of railway interest, a weekend trip and an occasional longer holiday which in the past has included Ireland, the Isle of Man, and Switzerland.

 

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

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