Lecture Programme Archive

Previous CIAS Events

CIAS Lecture Programme Spring 2019

7 January
Subject : In situ underground remains in UK mines
Mon 7.30 pm
Venue :- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker :- Chris Twigg

A look at in situ underground remains in UK mines, such as the Sir Francis Engine, Brewery Shaft Machinery, Rampgill Horse Gin, Locos in Milwr Tunnel, underground winding engines at Burtree Pasture and the underground engine at Ystrad Einon.

4 February
Subject : Sir Nigel Gresley, the Engineer and his Achievements
Mon 7.30 pm
Venue :- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker :- Chris Nettleton

A power-point presentation, with moving film, describing Nigel Gresley’s family, his time with the LNWR at Crewe, the LYR, Horwich and GNR and LNER, culminating in Mallard’s record run and his plans for main line electrification.

4 March
Subject: J W Armstrong’s photographs: an alternative alphabet
Mon 7.30 pm
Venue :- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker :- Richard Barber

J.W Armstrong was one of the early railway photographers who lived and worked in the North East. The talk will take an alternative look at what is held in the Armstrongs Trust’s photographic collection. Although it is mainly Transport based that does not just mean railways: it also includes buses, trams, ships, traction engines and planes, along with a selection of overseas photos. In the presentation there are likely to be a few surprises as the speaker progresses from A to Z.

29 April
Subject: AGM and Members’ Evening
Mon 7.15 pm
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.

Please note earlier start time
Members’ contributions will be welcomed; please advise the Secretary in advance.

All Lectures are held at St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Lectures start at 7.30 pm unless otherwise noted.
The lectures are free and visitors welcome.

CIAS Summer Events 2019

18 May
Skelton Shaft Mine site.
Saturday 1.30 pm
Venue :- Meet at Park Pit site (NZ644181) just south off A173 along farm track.
Leader :- Simon Chapman

Another visit to the Skelton Shaft Mine site to view what has been uncovered by Simon and his team of workers since we last visited the remains which include the Guibal Fan House. The mine is on private land and permission from Skelton and Gilling Estate is subject to the usual conditions, i.e. Visitors are there at their own risk and no liability is accepted by the Estate. Care to be taken at all times, no dogs are allowed; also no access into the buildings is permitted because of their crumbling state.

22 June
Land of Iron Project excavation site at Warren Moor Mine
Saturday 2.00 pm
Venue :- Meet at Warren Farm YO21 2SB Grid Ref NZ623091

A visit to see the ironstone mine remains at Warren Moor, near Kildale Excavation and conservation work has been carried under volunteers under the Land of Iron Project. The original investigation of the site was carried by John Owen in 1981 who reported his findings in CIA No. 13.

13 July
Collection of vintage Cranes/Excavators
Saturday 1.30 pm
Venue :- Meet at Manor Farm, Seamer TS9 5NP Grid Ref NZ500100


A visit to see Geoff Nichols collection of over 22 crawler mounted rope operated crane/excavators in working order which he has amassed over the past two decades. They include one of the largest the 54RB (Ruston Bucyrus) which he rescued from being sent to the scrap yard. These machines represent the culmination of over 150 years of development before being superseded by hydraulic operated machines.

2 August
SUEZ Recycling and Recovery plant
Friday 10.00 am
Venue :- Meet at the entrance to the SEUZ Recycling and Recovery plant on Haverton Hill Road, Billingham TS23 1PY Grid Ref NZ481225 (Opposite site of former Furness Shipyard on A1046)

Arrive on site at 10am and leave around 12am following a presentation and site tour. All attending must wear trousers, long sleeve tops and flat footwear.

CIAS Lecture Programme Autumn 2019

9 September
Subject: The Development of the Port of the Tees.
Mon 7.30 pm
Venue :- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Andrew Ridley

After briefly describing the early ports on the R Tees, a more detailed explanation will be given of the development of Teesport and the operations carried out there today. Teesport handles over 5,000 vessels each year involving around 40 million tonnes of cargo.

7 October
Subject: Parkol Marine Engineering Ltd.
Mon 7.30 pm
Venue :- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Sally Atkinson – Project Manager & Director.

Parkol Marine is a family run business set up in Whitby in 1971 who are continuing the areas boatbuilding heritage. The firm has continued to expand and last year it opened a new facility at Dawsons Wharf on the Tees at Middlesbrough

11 November
Subject: The Alum Folk.
Mon 7.30 pm
Venue :- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Peter Appleton.

History is made, not by monarchs, politicians, generals and admirals, but by the ordinary men and women who carry out their instructions. The same could be said of alum. In this talk, Peter Appleton will draw upon several years of research, to present a broad cross-section of individuals, from all strata of society, who were involved in making alum in north-east Yorkshire.