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

Cancelled

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.

9 December 2019
Subject: Sir Thomas Bouch, Victorian Civil Engineer: Hero? Villain? Victim? or just bad PR?
Monday 7.30 pm
Venue :- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Bill Jagger.

Thomas Bouch is generally remembered for the failure of the Tay Railway Bridge, an event which rocked the Victorian establishment. But the construction of what was then the longest bridge in the world was not entrusted to an insignificant engineer. The talk aims to correct an imbalance of repute by explaining some of his background and history that led up to his winning the Tay Bridge contract. Whilst the speaker does recognise that he was not without fault in connection with that tragic incident, he considers that Bouch was not as blameworthy as the Court of Enquiry conclusion stated.

13 January 2020
Subject: Jet Mines in the North Yorkshire Moors.
Monday 7.30 pm
Venue :- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Chris Twigg.

In his illustrated talk Chris will describe the exploration and mapping of the extensive inland jet mines in the hillsides around Guisborough, Rosedale, Farndale and Bilsdale.

10 February 2020
Subject: “Peace, Hoo-Bally Ray”: Low Flying along the Tees from Redcar & Marske Airfields 1909-19.
Monday 7.30 pm
Venue :- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Phil Philo

The talk covers the contribution of our local airfields to the WWI conflict. It includes the background to flying in East Cleveland (1909-14); the military threat to the North East and the establishment of RNAS Redcar (1914-16); the establishment of RFC Marske, the creation of the RAF and the end of the war (1916-19). It outlines the places, those magnificent men and women and their flying machines; and what to see today.

09 March 2020
Subject: Cleveland during the Second World War.
Monday 7.30 pm
Venue :- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Stuart McMillan.

Stuart is the co-author of the Defence of Britain Project publications, and his talk will cover the topic of Cleveland during WW2 with descriptions of the remaining structures, using his own excellent paintings to illustrate his talk.

27 April 2020
Subject: AGM and Members’ Evening
Monday 7.15 pm Please note earlier start time
Venue :- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.

Members’ contributions will be welcomed; please advise the Secretary in advance.

CIAS Summer Events 2020

16 May 2020
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

A further 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 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.

17 June 2020
Visit to Parkol Marine Engineering’s fabrication hall, Middlesbrough
Wednesday 10.00 am
Venue :- Meet at the entrance to Dawson Wharf Riverside Park Road, Middlesbrough, TS2 1JR. (Grid Ref NZ 490 215).

At the conclusion of her lecture in October Sally Atkinson invited CIAS members to visit Parkol Marine Engineering’s, fabrication hall which has four boat-building berths under cover and can accommodate new builds up to 60 metres long. All those attending please if possible bring safety gear (Hard hats, high visibility jackets and strong footwear).

18 July 2020
A walk around Kirkleatham to view the remains of the WW2 defences
Saturday 2.00 pm
Venue :- Meet at Kirkleatham Church TS10 5NN (NZ 594218).
Leader :- Stuart McMillan

Following Stuart’s talk to us in March, he will lead a walk around Kirkleatham to point out the WW2, Area 51 defended strongpoint centred on Kirkleatham Hall which from 1940 – 1943 served as a battalion HQ for units engaged on coastal defence. At one time during this period, it was the HQ of the 7th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. The Hall was provided with intensive all-round defences. These comprised anti-tank ditch perimeter trenches, machine-gun positions, a 6pdr. emplacement, mortars, anti-tank blocks and pill-boxes. In the First World War the site provided a mooring-out station for Admiralty U-boat hunting airships stationed at Howden.

12 August 2020
River Tees boat trip (Duration approx. 2 hrs)
Wednesday 10:00 am
Venue :- Teesport (exact location to be advised nearer the time).

Following the talk in September 2019 we have been invited for a boat trip on the River Tees. The trip is limited to 11 (eleven) members but it is possible that further trips can be organised later in the day if required. Booking is essential on a first come first served basis by contacting the Secretary either by email at alanbetteney@gmail.com or by telephone on 01642 582479 (at a reasonable time please).
Once the list is full a reserve list will be compiled and a decision made on whether a second trip is required. It is ESSENTIAL that if members have booked and cannot attend for any reason they inform the Secretary ASAP so that the place can be re-allocated. Full details of the starting point and time will be communicated by email or telephone a few weeks before the trip.