WADIHS

Watford & District Industrial History Society

LECTURE PROGRAMME FOR 1997-1998

18 September 1997

"THE TOTALISATOR AND EARLY COMPUTING".
CHARLES NORRIE relates the story of the development of the Totalisator, one of the earliest examples of the Computer - a mechanical computer, but nevertheless a device worthy of note and a stepping-stone along the road to the modern computerised world.

18 October 1997

"HYDRAULIC POWER IN LONDON" .
TIM SMITH, of GLlAS, will give an illustrated talk about the use of Hydraulic Power in London, from the Bramah press to the London Hydraulic Power Company.

20 November 1997

"(MORE OF) BRITAINS INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE – ON FILM". .
Mining, the fishing industry, the growing use of wind power - more fascinating movie film footage from the archives of ALLAN WILMOTT who has entertained us so well in the past.

18 December 1997

SOCIAL EVENING. .
Members presentations: slides you have taken during the year, items that have caught your attention, not to mention the food and drink.

22 January 1998

"ALE AND BEER – ITS HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY" .
GEORGE CRUTCHER'S talk will trace the fascinating history of beer and brewing from its domestic origins to the Industrialisation of the 19th and 20th centuries. Particular attention will be paid to the brewing industry in Hertfordshire and what became of it. The industrial archaeology of brewing will be explored and illustrated.

19 February 1998

"RAILWAY ACCIDENTS" .
TOM DOIG will describe some of the more disastrous railway accidents, not so much from their technical aspects but more from the social implications resulting from them.

19 March 1998

"THE SHUTTLEWORTH COLLECTION – ONE MAN'S LEGACY" .
Europe's largest collection of pre-1940 aircraft, plus vintage cars, motorcycles and more - still in working order and displayed regularly, as Richard Shuttleworth intended. General Manager JONATHAN PEELtells this highly unusual story.