Lecture Programme

CIAS Autumn Lecture Programme 2020

DUE TO THE CONTINUING CRISIS, IN THE INTERESTS OF SAFETY OF OUR MEMBERS AND EVENT LEADERS, ALL EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED TO NEXT YEAR.

We hope to reschedule the following talks in 2021.


Subject: A general approach to the Yorkshire Lead Smelting Mills
Venue :- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Richard Lamb.

The talk will cover the lead smelting mills throughout the whole of Yorkshire including the special case of Grinton Mill, with the latest research following clearance of the furnace room floor when all the flagstones were measured and recorded prior to being covered over by the debris from last summer’s floods.

Subject:- The Company of Mines Royal – A short history
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Mark Hatton
How the formation of the Company of Mines Royal at Keswick in 1568 revolutionised the Mining and Smelting Industry in Britain and paved the way for the Industrialisation of Teesside. A tale of Immigration, Innovation,
Jealousy & Murder.

Subject:- Land of Iron
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Tom Mutton
An update on the Land of Iron project in the North York Moors National Park, detailing what has been achieved over the four years of the project and what plans are in place for legacy as it nears completion. Significant building conservation work has been undertaken at Rosedale, Warren Moor Mine, and along the Rail Trail, a programme of environmental conservation work has been implemented, and a range of interpretation features installed across the landscape and in hubs at Danby, Rosedale Abbey and Grosmont.

Subject:- John Dixon: The man who could have built the Forth bridge
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Ian Pearce
John Dixon was one of the generations of British contractors who built railways, bridges and other civil engineering works around the world. Today most are generally forgotten, a fate entirely undeserved by the man who erected Cleopatra’s Needle on the Thames Embankment and who built the first railway in China. John Dixon was competent and self-confident, with the boundless enthusiasm and energy typical of Victorian contractors. Had his tender for the construction of the Forth Railway Bridge been accepted, and it was the lowest tender received, history would have treated him differently.

Subject:- The Silent Warriors of Teesport:
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Phil Philo
A return visit by Phil this time to talk about the History of the 10th Submarine Flotilla based on the River Tees during World War One.

A record of our previous events can be viewed here