Lecture Programme

CIAS Summer Events 2019


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
Subject: Sir Thomas Bouch, Victorian Civil Engineer: Hero? Villain? Victim? or just bad PR?
Mon 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.
Mon 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.

A record of our previous events can be viewed here