Bristol Industrial
Archaeological Society (BIAS)
BIAS@50 - 1967-2017 - Celebrating half a century of research

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Conferences, lectures and events of interest

SWWRIAC 2018, hosted by Somerset IAS

will be held on 14th April 2018 at the Village Hall at West Coker, near Yeovil. Further details when available will be on SIAS website www.sias.me.uk.

Docks Heritage Weekend, 30 September 2017- 1 October 2017

Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2RH

June 15th- October 31 2017 A Bedroom in Bath: C R Mackintosh and Sidney Horstmann Exhibition Museum of Bath at Work Julian Road BATH

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Rare chance to see Furniture and Decoration designed for Bath household in 1917

A suite of furniture designed by the world-famous Glasgow-born architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh is coming 'home' to Bath 100 years after it first arrived in the city. Designed for the family home of Bath-based businessman and engineer Sidney Horstmann, the bedroom suite, which arrived in the city in 1917, will be recreated in the Museum of Bath at Work in an exhibition. The bedroom suite was designed especially for Sidney Horstmann's home on the Upper Bristol Road in 1917 and featured a unique decorative scheme of painted friezes around the walls. The room is being recreated at the Museum of Bath at Work and will allow, in a scale space, for the furniture to be displayed with the decoration which has been copied from Mackintosh's original drawings. The furniture is being borrowed from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the decoration completed with assistance from Bath Spa University.

Dr Trevor Turpin, chairman of the museum board, who has prepared the exhibition, said: "This is a unique opportunity for people of Bath to see a bedroom designed by Mackintosh for a room in Bath. It may not happen again for another 100 years. With the bedroom suite coming back to Bath a new chapter in the story of Mackintosh has been opened. It is very exciting as the commission from Horstmann is one of the very rare occasions Mackintosh worked in England. This exhibition is all about travelling back in time to see the furniture and the careful attention to detail that is the hallmark of Mackintosh and that has inspired generations of designers and architects."

Pamela Robertson, professor emerita of Mackintosh studies at the University of Glasgow, said: "It will be marvellous to see the Horstmann furniture set against a recreation of the original Mackintosh decorative scheme. "This has not been done before, and is all the more resonant for being set up in Bath. The project will greatly add to our understanding of Mackintosh's post-Glasgow interior designs."

For more information on the exhibition contact Stuart Burroughs at the Museum of Bath at Work 01225 318348 / mobaw@hotmail.com

UWE Regional History Centre Seminars

The Regional History Centre at the University of the West of England has organised a programme of free seminars which will take place at M Shed on Thursday evenings. http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/cahe/research/regionalhistorycentre/seminarseries.aspx for full details of speakers and subjects.

7th Bath Industrial Heritage Day

24 September 2016. This is a regular event organised by Bryan Chalker, a former local councillor, and is held at Twerton Football club. The Saltford Brass Mill and Museum of Bath at Work will be there. Other groups that attend include the Canals and River Trust and the Bath Medical Museum.

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Curzon Cinema

One of the oldest continually running purpose-built cinemas in the world.

For tickets visit www.curzon.org.uk or ring 01275 871000

South Gloucestershire Miners Research Group (SGMRG) PROGRAMME

WINTER TALKS at Coalpit Heath 7:30pm

Have regular meetings, walks and talks including the opportunity to get involved in exploration, archaeology and resotoration work. http://sgmrg.co.uk/ More details

Clifton Rocks Railway Events 2017

Clifton Rocks Railway and Official website

Brunelís Other Bridge Cumberland Basin

under Plimsoll Bridge (A370), BS1 6XL http://www.brunelsotherbridge.org.uk/ for more details about oen days and work parties

See conservation work taking place on Brunelís wrought iron opening bridge and view the test plates that were hot riveted on site. This Grade II* listed structure is far older than the famous Suspension Bridge and was designed in 1849 to carry traffic over Brunelís Lock in the Cumberland Basin. Engineer Designer: I.K. Brunel

Doors Open at Underfall Yard

Underfall Yard
Keep an eye out for conservation and building work on their website.

We are hoping to see you at our Doors Open days so that we can:

We will be showing you all the Victorian machinery that still keeps the harbour floating and the city dry; boats being built and the blacksmithís forge in action + an exhibition of historical information that we have been compiling for our Heritage Lottery application.

We will be asking you for your thoughts on our proposals for repairing the buildings, interpreting the yard and the activities we are developing.

Heritage Lottery Fund project

Bristol City Council passed the Scheduled Monument and associated structures to the Underfall Yard Trust for repair, maintenance, boatbuilding and maritime industry - and public access and benefit.

Our aim is to explain the critical importance of the dam and the sluices to Bristol, explain how this maintenance yard kept the harbour afloat Ė and share the history whilst still operating an unsanitised area of thriving maritime industries.

With financial assistance (following a round one pass in 2012) from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have researched the buildings, the history, the machinery and the people who have worked at the Underfall Yard from Brunel to the present. We now have plans for repairing the structures, making adaptations for a sustainable future and a range of measures to share the interest and importance of the place with tourists, schools and Bristolians. http://underfallboatyard.co.uk/ for more details

Heritage of Industry- Journeys into the Industrial Past

AIA Overseas Trips

Bill Barksfield, Operations Director, Heritage of Industry Ltd, Hunters Moon, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks HP8 4HQ

Web: http://www.heritageofindustry.co.uk Email: bill@heritageofindustry.co.uk Phone/Fax: +44 1494 873677

Crofton Pumping Station, Crofton, Marlborough

The World's Oldest Steam Engine Still Able to Perform its Original Function. Details of the steaming days and opening times

SS Great Britain

July 17 2010 was the 40th anniversary celebrations of the shipís epic salvage from the Falkland Islands and return to Bristol- includes: A new exhibition Beautiful animation Trails Memories and film online. 40 years ago, 100,000 people lined the River Avon to welcome Brunel's ship home. She has come a long way since! http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/ Telephone: 0117 926 0680

Purton Hulks

We must designation and protect this unique site.
Meet Purton Lower Bridge. Approx tour time 2 hours weather permitting
Donations in aid of Severn Area Rescue Association. or £3.00 per person Two slides shows entitled Fore & Aft the Purton Ships Graveyard and Lydneys Lost Fleet are now available for booking
Paul Barnett Tel. 07833 143 231 or Barnadillo@aol.com
keep an eye out for the site featuring in the BBC series Coast in the spring 2009.

NEWCOMEN SOCIETY (WESTERN BRANCH)

Programme for 201718
BIAS members are invited to meetings of the Western Branch of the Newcomen Society. These are now held in BAWA, Southmead Road, Bristol at 7:30 p.m.
For details of the programme, contact Dr Bryan Lawton 01793 762697

Bristol Shiplovers Society for 2017/18

Broadly based membership united by a love of ships and the sea past and present. Interests include the Royal and Merchant Navies, inland waterways, and in fact anything water or shipping related. Meet on Monday evenings twice a month from September to December and late February to May, for talks by guest speakers. Meetings are held at HMS Flying Fox, Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2NS. In the summer there are also visits to 'nautical' places of interest. website gives the list of events

World Ship Society Bristol Branch Programme for 2017/18

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month in The Avonmouth Community Centre, 257 Avonmouth Road, Avonmouth, BS11 9EN (new address) commencing at 7.30 pm £2 entry charge. Light refreshments. More details from 0117 9513168.

LECTURES AT THE MUSEUM OF BATH AT WORK -

For more details contact Museum of Bath at Work on 01225 318348

LUNCHTIME LECTURES

All the lectures are at 1 p.m at The Museum of Bath at Work, with lunch from 12.30. Admission is £4.00
All lectures will begin at 1.00 p.m. and finish at 2.00 p.m. Refreshments will be available from 12.30 p.m.
Normal admission price at the door on day of lecture £4.00
Pre-booked tickets at a discount are available from the Museum before 26th. October
Contact the Museum on 01225 318348 for further details.

South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group

Talks held 7.3Opm in the Miners Institute, Coalpit Heath. Do not assume these events will happen without contacting the relevant person to express interest or request details
There are fortnightly underground working parties at Serridge, for details contact Dave Hardwick.

INVITATION TO BIAS MEMBERS TO JOIN SGMRG ARCHAOLOGICAL DIGS

South Gloucestershire Miners Group " (SGMRG) are keen to build closer ties with BIAS and its members and as part of this, and to help our work programme move forward, we would like to invite BIAS members to our next two planned Saturday digs on South Gloucestershire Colliery sites. Dates and venues are as follows:

You are very welcome to attend all or part of these digs, please remember that there are hazards and risks involved with work of this nature which, whilst we seek to minimise them, your attendance conditional on your acceptance of these risks.
He will give the location details for these difficult to find sites
Steve.Grudging@btinternet.com /07768 381502
PERMISSION HAS KINDLY BEING GRANTED FROM DAVID TOOZE THE LAND OWNER FOR EXCAVATION WORK TO BE UNDERTAKEN AT THIS SITE. South Gloucester Mining Research Group ARE AWARE OF LACK OF RECORDING OF PREVIOUS EXCAVATIONS AT SIMILAR SITES AND WANT TO ENSURE WE OPERATE IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INSTITUTE OF FIELD ARCHAEOLOGISTS AND ENGLISH HERITAGE. THE EXCAVATION HOPES TO ANSWER VARIOUS RESEARCH QUESTIONS:

  1. LOCATION AND LAYOUTOF VARIOUS SITE FEATURES (PUMPING ENGINE, HORSE GIN, STEAM WINDING ENGINE HOUSE).
  2. CLARIFICATION AS TO THE PURPOSE OF THE ARCH.
  3. IDENTIFICATION OF THE ROUTE OF THE DRAMWAY, SPECIFICALLY LOCATATION OF A POSSIBLE LOADING BAY .
TO DATE A GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY HAS BEEN UNDERTAKEN BY DR TIM OF CARDIFF UNIVERSITY AND EXCAVATION COMMENCED ON 3 SEPTEMBER WITH WELCOME HELP FROM WILLING VOLUNTEERS. THIS EXCAVATION WILL BE ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS THEREFORE COULD ANY WILLING HELPERS WHO CAN BE AVAILABLE (SOMETIMES AT SHORT NOTICE)WEEKDAYS OR WEEKENDS PLEASE GIVE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS TO STEVE OR DI GRUDGINGS TEL O1256 896715, E.MAIL stevegrudgings@btinternet.com.

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