Lecture Programme


CIAS Lecture Programme Autumn 2019

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.

CIAS Autumn Lecture Programme 2020

14 September 2020
Subject: A general approach to the Yorkshire Lead Smelting Mills
Monday 7.30 pm
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.

A record of our previous events can be viewed here