Lecture Programme

CIAS Autumn/Winter Lecture Programme 2023

11 September 2023
Subject:- Interpreting the Mining Landscape in and around the Rosedale Magnetic Ore Deposits

Monday 7.30 pm
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Neil Rowley & Steve Livera

Steve and Neil have long been puzzled by some of the features that can be seen whilst exploring the mining remains around the Hollins Mines. Steve, a geologist, will look at the origins of the deposit that confound geological analogue, and describe the LIDAR and the problems in trying to match up the Victorian plans with what can be seen in the landscape today. Neil, a mining engineer, has been considering the mining techniques that may have been used in extracting these unusual deposits and will look at the various workings in the top seam in this area and the role they played in the early exploration and in the development of some of the difficult to explain landscape features.
Zoom Meeting ID: 869 4413 8951 Passcode: 380996

09 October 2023
Subject:- Bridging the World: the archives of Dorman Long and Cleveland Bridge

Monday 7.30 pm
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Lara Moon

The amount of bridges built by Dorman Long, Cleveland Bridge and their many subsidiaries and associated companies is vast. Through looking at the collections held by Teesside Archives, find out about a selection of more of the well-known bridges locally, nationally, and internationally that show a nice variety of the type of structures the firms built across the decades.
Zoom Meeting ID: 846 7822 5706 Passcode: 201287

13 November 2023
Subject:- War on the Home Front; World War I – The Devil’s Porridge.

Monday 7.30 pm
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Mike Turpin

In World War I Britain quickly started to run out of munitions. This talk looks at the increased production following the 1915 Munitions Act and the social implications that followed. The talk focuses on the ‘Devil’s Porridge’ factory in Scotland.
Zoom Meeting ID: 898 8544 9138 Passcode: 939843

11 December 2023
Subject:- Art within the Steel Industry

Monday 7.30 pm
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Philip Boville

Since 1973, the Teesside Steel Industry has been my inspiration for many of my paintings. The 27ft long Lackenby Medical Centre Mural, is one of my better-known works. My talk will take you on a unique journey through the eyes of an artist and technician who worked in the steel industry for just over 40 years. Today I use digital animation to bring another dimension to my work. Using this approach, you will see an example of how this medium has the potential to describe our heritage in a way never seen before.
Zoom Meeting ID: 871 1117 7704 Passcode: 648044

08 January 2024
Subject:- The Lost Stations between Middlesbrough and Redcar

Monday 7.30 pm
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Michael Thompson

An imaginary rail journey from Middlesbrough and Redcar stopping to look at the history of all the stations that no longer exist. In addition Michael will talk about a couple of train crashes, a lost pub (it is now under a car park) and two plane crashes from WW2.
Zoom Meeting ID: 857 1388 7379 Passcode: 425044

12 February 2024
Subject:- Darlington to Saltburn and Beyond

Monday 7.30 pm
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Colin Hatton

Colin will be talking about the start of the Stockton and Darlington (which will celebrate 200 years in 2025), North Eastern and Cleveland Railways then discuss the industrial growth of Teesside as we travel from Darlington to Saltburn.
Zoom Meeting ID: 850 0521 8621 Passcode: 750255

11 March 2024
Subject:- William Gileard Brown

Monday 7.30 pm
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Speaker:- Chris Corbett

The William Gileard Brown collection held by Teesside Archives includes a number of remarkable books; part journal and part scrapbook, they document his life and achievements as a railway yard foreman, churchgoer, inventor, local councillor and a member of numerous boards and committees, dedicated to improving life for local people. William’s connection to World War 1 concerns the creation of a truly stunning eagle lectern for his local church, St John’s at Haverton Hill, which also served as a war memorial.
Zoom Meeting ID: 818 5603 8072 Passcode: 762000

22 April 2024
Subject:- AGM and Lecture

Monday 7.15 pm
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Members’ contributions will be welcomed; please advise the Secretary in advance. Please note the earlier start time.
Zoom Meeting ID: 881 8775 5315 Passcode: 380899

CIAS Summer Events 2024

Please note that while we do not discourage non-members from attending our summer events, they are NOT covered by our Personal Accident cover insurance (through our membership of BALH) and they attend at their own risk. Also, it has come to our attention that members under the age of 16 and over the age of 80 are similarly NOT covered and would attend at their own risk.


11 May 2024
Thornaby Town Hall
Saturday 11:00 am
Leader:- David Thompson
Meet at Thornaby Town Hall (TS17 6AW)

A visit to the recently restored Thornaby Town Hall including access to the 1892 clock tower, the original Potts of Leeds mechanism and the restored council chamber. The Town Hall is also home to the Thornaby Archives and includes material and artefacts from Head Wrightson and RAF Thornaby.
Car parking is available in the adjacent Railway Terrace, toilets are available as will be tea and biscuits!


June 2024
York Handmade Bricks
Meet at Forest Lane, Alne. (YO61 1TU)
Leader :- Chris Twigg

York Handmade Bricks has been in business since 1988 and specialises in the recreation of bricks of all shapes and sizes for heritage projects. As their production times are based on their order book, the exact date of the visit will be confirmed closer to the time. Please register an interest with Chris Twigg (chris.twigg90@gmail.com)


13 July 2024
Rosedale Magnetic Ore Deposits
Saturday 11:00 am
Leaders :- Neil Rowley & Steve Livera
Meet at Rosedale Chimney Bank Car Park (SE 721947)

Following their thought-provoking talk to CIAS in September 2023, Steve and Neil will lead a visit to examine the geology and mining remains around the Hollins Mines and discuss the mining techniques that may have been used in extracting these unusual deposits. The visit will require substantial walking over steep and rough ground to reach and explore the mine site.


10 August 2024
Thornaby Aerodrome
Saturday 11:00 am
Leader:- David Thompson
Meet at Martinet Road near Snooker Club (TS17 0AS)

Thornaby Aerodrome operated between 1929 and 1958 and was the home of 608 Squadron during WW2, this approximately 2-mile walk will visit the buildings which still remain from the aerodrome.

A record of our previous events can be viewed here