23/04/2021 19:30 - 23/04/2021 21:00
Speaker: Richard Benjamin
Organised by the Industrial Archaeology Section
The Main Mill at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, built in 1797, is the first iron framed building in the world, and as such is seen as the grandparent of the skyscraper. This talk will take you through the history of the site, why it is here in Shrewsbury, who built it, and the parallels with contemporary buildings in the Derwent Valley. After 90 years as a Flaxmill and 90 years as a Maltings, the building is now being refurbished thanks to a National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant of £20.7m.
14/05/2021 14:00 - 14/05/2021 15:00
A survivor from a time when Bristol was a busy industrial port, Underfall Yard is a working boat yard and docks maintenance facility that has been in continual use since the 1880s. Join us for a virtual tour of the site to explore the yard’s unique collection of Victorian buildings set in a stunning location on Bristol’s Harbourside. We will discover the elegant Georgian engineering that created the Floating Harbour and continues to perform an essential (and largely hidden) role in water management and flood prevention. A highlight of the tour is experiencing the yard’s Victorian machines in action to see how things were done in the days before computers and 3D printing and experience the heavy engineering that once powered Bristol Docks.
The tour will be led by Andrew Blayney who is the Heritage, learning and Volunteer Manager at Underfall Yard Trust.
21/05/2021 19:30 - 21/05/2021 21:00
AGM papers will be posted to members in April with the Spring edition of Derbyshire Miscellany.
Voting will be in advance of the meeting, by post or email.