SOMERSET INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Talks: Held fortnightly on Monday evenings from October to March at North Town School, off Wood Street, Taunton,
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.
AUTUMN PROGRAMME 2017
Tuesday 12 September
All day visit to Tavistock area
Meet 10.30 at Mary Tavy Power Station (GR: SX509785,
PC: PL19 9PR), Englandís largest hydro-electric power station and
supplied with water from old mine leats. Lunch in Mary Tavy or
Tavistock, bring own or use local pubs. Then to the Robey Trust site
at New Perseverance Ironworks, Pixon Lane, Tavistock (GR: SX481738,
PC: PL19 9RQ). Meet in the adjacent free car park on south side of
Pixon Lane at 13.30. The Robey Trust is a museum and restoration
centre dedicated to the preservation of Robey machinery including
traction engines, rollers, stationary engines, pumps and other
items. Cups of tea and toilets on site. Afterwards, optional
fossick around Tavistock to look at canal basin, foundries, mills,
railway features, etc led by Peter Daniel. Finish about 17.00.
Donations requested at Robey Trust Ė suggested donation £4. Numbers
limited for morning visit but not for afternoon so members welcome
to come for afternoon only. Repeat of visit in May. This visit is
currently nearly fully booked but please contact the Field Officer
if you want to attend.
Monday 2 October
"No Job For a Woman"
Explosives and Cordite filling factories in the Great War.
Monday 16 October
Bristolís Hidden Rivers
from the Environment Agency and is in charge of providing and
maintaining flood defences in Bristol.
Monday 30 October
Restoration of the SS Freshspring
is a member of the Steamship Freshspring Society; the Freshspring is
now at Bideford under restoration.
Monday 13 November
Historical Aspects of the South-West Woollen Trade
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Monday 27 November
interesting collection of short talks,
slides, demonstrations, artefacts, photographs, anecdotes, etc.
Members and non-members are
Contributions welcome - please contact the Field Officer (see below)
For field trips, please contact the Field Officer, Peter Daniel, firstname.lastname@example.org.
(E-mail contact is preferred when possible, but telephone 07736 374003 if urgent.)