WADIHS

Watford & District Industrial History Society

MEETINGS PROGRAMME FOR 2021 - 2022

Our speakers are experienced in their fields giving PowerPoint and well illustrated presentations.

 
SEPTEMBER 16th

"Film Evening"

Frank Banfield

 

Frank will entertain us again with a selection of transport related films from his vast collection.

OCTOBER 21st

THE GRAHAME NEALE MEMORIAL LECTURE

"The Industrial Revolution-Why Here and Why Then?"

Arthur Cunningham

The late 18th and early 19th century changed Britain profoundly. The 1851 Great Exhibition celebrated Britain’s world dominance that the Revolution had created but why did this small island see such dramatic change and what brought it about?

(The meeting will be preceded by the AGM at 7.30pm)

NOVEMBER 18th

"IK Brunel and the GWR"

Colin Gent

All of Brunel’s extraordinary expertise, skill and energy were fully employed in planning, designing and overcoming the many civil engineering challenges of this outstanding achievement.

DECEMBER 16th

"An Introduction to Mechanical Music"

Michael Perrins

Childhood encounters with a Polyphon musical box, a neighbour’s Pianola and later a fairground organ, sealed Michael’s lifetime interest. He will use examples from his own collection which covers the whole history of this entertaining subject and of course will include some seasonal tunes.

Meeting followed by traditional Christmas nibbles and jollification.

JANUARY 20th

2022

"Shipping – East of Suez (An Engineer’s life in the Merchant Navy)"

Roger Bangs

An engineering apprenticeship at Doncaster Railway Works, Engineering Officer at the British India Steam Navigation Co. where he worked on a variety of ships including LSL Sir Lancelot based in Singapore and later a Senior watchkeeping engineer on the ships the SS Uganda and Nevasa.

FEBRUARY 17th

"Underfall Yard  Bristol"

Andrew Blayney

A fascinating talk and virtual tour of Underfall Yard in the heart of Bristol’s Floating Harbour. Andrew includes a virtual visit to the working Victorian workshop and the hydraulic system of pumps which still keep the harbour free of silt.

MARCH 17th 

"Waves Wheels and Sparks – sailing into the electrical age"

Jeremy Batch

 

This is the story of Radio, Radar, GPS and other devices that we have invented and depended upon for communication and navigation. It includes how an ancient child’s toy has steered ships, missiles, submarines and spacecraft. Also enabled us to drive vehicles on the moon without satnav or compass.

APRIL 21st

"Members’ Evening"

 

An evening of short illustrated talks from our members with all their varied interests.


WE HOPE TO MEET BACK IN THE NORTH HALL AT  QUEENS SCHOOL  
ALDENHAM ROAD   BUSHEY WD23 2TY  
●  MEETINGS COMMENCING AT 8.00 PM  ●
IF NOT THEN SOME MEETINGS MIGHT HAVE TO BE VIA ZOOM FOR REGISTERED MEMBERS

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