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

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Programme of events in 2017

Keynsham British Legion
Keynsham British Legion, Charlton Road, Keynsham BS31 2JA
Keynsham British Legion

Car: From Bristol, turn right at the Keynsham bypass roundabout to go to Keynsham. Straight on at Station roundabout, turn next right. Substantial council car park on Ashton Way about 50 yards from the Legion. Free after 6PM
By Bus: The 38 service run by First Bus links Keynsham to Bath and Bristol and provides an hourly service that arrives at suitable times for meetings. The bus from Bath via Saltford stops in Temple Street at the opposite end of the High Street from the Royal British Legion giving you a 5 minute walk.
Alternatively you can stay on this service and travel round Keynsham until it arrives at the other end of the High Street and get off opposite St Johns Church on the High Street.
From Bristol get off at St Johns Church. Returning to Bath or Bristol you can use either the 38 or 39 service from St Johns Church
By Rail: There are direct hourly services from Bristol Parkway, Bristol Temple Meads and Bath at suitable times to arrive for the meeting.
The return trains are also hourly but people wishing to reach Bristol Parkway would need to change at Temple Meads. (Based on present summer timetable)..

JANUARY 2017

Thurs 19th Keynsham 7:30pm Newcomen and BIAS Joint.
For BIAS Geoff Wallis will talk about work he has done for the Suspension Bridge, Mike Taylor will talk about the BIAS trip to Birmingham
Newcomen speakers will be Denis Dodd - The Grand Western Canal and its Boat Lifts - and Stephen K. Jones - The Atlantic Telegraph Cable of 1865/66: New York to London via Abermawr.

FEBRUARY

Thurs 9 7:30 Keynsham Early motoring in India.
John Loosley. describes how a company started by a Gloucestershire man in Madras introduced cars into India and became the Southern India distributor for Morris and other cars.
Thurs 23rd 7:30 Keynsham Recent Restoration Works on the Somerset Coal Canal
Mike Chapman, Historical Advisor for Somerset Coal Canal

MARCH

Thurs 9th 7:30 Bath BIAS, the first fifty years.
Sir Neil Cossins will give a talk about BIAS 50 at Green Park Station, Bath
Thurs 23rd 7:30 Keynsham The Vale of Berkeley Railway Restoration -
The history of the line, the link across the Severn to Lydney, current restoration and plans for the future. Ian Raven- member of the restoration team

APRIL

Thurs 13th 7:30 Keynsham 50 years of Saltford Mill.
Our chairman Tony Coverdale
Thurs 27th 7:30 Keynsham AGM.
Archive Film. Keith Hickman will give a talk on his amazing family history research. Please bring the AGM papers provided as an insert in this bulletin.
Should be able to pick up your yearly Journal too

MAY

Thurs 11th 7pm, Clifton Clifton Rocks Railway. Meet at the top station at the bottom of Sion Hill. Trip takes about 2 hours and involves going up and down over 300 steps. Easier to wear trousers to get into bottom station. We provide hi viz and hard hats. Book with Maggie. Max 20.
Sunday 28th 2-4 Birthday party Radstock Museum, Waterloo Road, RADSTOCK, BA3 3EP. Tel: +44 (0)1761 437722. RSVP asap to Stuart Burrows so we can ascertain numbers and work out how much birthday cake we need to celebrate. One of the Radstock representatives may say a few words about the Somerset Coalfield Lift relaunch or about the museum in general. The Chairman of BIAS will say a few words and cut the cake with a musical knife.

JUNE

Thurs 8th 7.30 p.m. Bath 'Working Widcombe: Bath's Unknown Working Suburb'.
Mills, canal and working Bath south of the River in Widcombe. Start and finish at Ha'penny Bridge - at the back of Bath Spa Station. Led by BIAS Chairman Tony Coverdale.
Thurs 22th 7.30 p.m. Bath 'On the Waterfront'
Bath's industrial riverside from the Green Park Station to the Corporation Destructor Works'. Start inside Green Park Station train shed and back again. Led by Museum of Bath at Work director Stuart Burroughs.

JULY

Thurs 13th 6pm Combe Hay visit Lock Flight on the Somerset Coal Canal at Combe Hay
where BIAS carried out its first archaeological investigation, in June 1968, in the search for the site of the famous Caisson Lock. Meeting place: the abandoned railway bridge next to the Combe Hay to Midford road at ST74576047. Led by Mike Chapman. Contact Maggie so we know who to expect.
Thurs 27th 6pm-9pm Warmley Visit Warmley
the site of the first industrial process in Europe for making quality brass. and the 18th century Gardens, Grotto and gigantic statue of Neptune created for William Champion (not normally open to the public) as well as the museum. Mentioned in Industrial Archaeology of the Bristol Region by Robert A Buchanan and Neil Cossons 1969. Kingswood Heritage Museum Tower Lane, Warmley, South Glos, BS30 8XTMap Reference: OS Map 172, 667 728. 7.50 including refreshments. Plenty of parking in the front and to the side. Contact Maggie to get an idea of numbers and to know how many guides required

AUGUST

Thurs 10th 6pm-9pm Coxgove Hill Visit Brandy Bottom colliery.
You will see huge changes since the last BIAS trip. The Avon Industrial Buildings Trust was formed in 1980 and has been working here since 2007. Located at grid reference ST 6817577111, about 250 yards south of the point where the Bristol-Bath cycle track crosses Coxgrove Hill. The nearest car parking, on road verges, is on Coxgrove Hill. Contact Maggie to give an idea of numbers
Thurs 24th 6:30pm-8:30pm Clifton Visit Clifton Suspension bridge Vaults.
Another chance to see the vaults. Meet at the Clifton Toll Booth. There is a charge of 11.60. Warning: there is a ladder to get to the entrance. Sturdy shoes are compulsory- you will not be allowed in with open toed shoes. May be muddy. Parking in North Road or on the Clifton side (free after 5pm north of Suspension Bridge Road). Contact Maggie asap to book a place. Max 12.

SEPTEMBER

Thurs 14th 7:30 Keynsham Disaster Waiting - The Severn Bridge Disaster
Paul Barnett - well-known for his work with the Purton Hulks. in line with commemorative activities to remember the 50th anniversary of the structures demise -Disaster Waiting gives a comprehensive overview of the bridges construction, its day to day operation, and eventual destruction at the hands of two run away tankers in 1960. The Bridge was finally demolished in 1967.
Thurs 28th 7:30 Keynsham The First 60 years of Radio Broadcasting to Britain
Covers from 1922 to the launch of Radio Bristol in 1970, Radio West in 1981 and ends with its closure in 1984. It has recorded extracts of programmes plus opening and closing of stations both at home and those broadcasting to Britain etc. The presentation deals not only with the programmes, but also the technical side, and in particular the transmitters and contemporary radio receivers etc. It has a Bristol area bias. Given by local historian, author and BIAS member John Penny.

OCTOBER

Thurs 12th 7:30 Keynsham The Art of Submarine Control
An illustrated talk on how a submarine's depth is controlled with some examples of submarine accidents where the control of depth was lost' By Tony Coverdale, our chairman.
Thurs 26th 7:30 Keynsham Sharpness to Yate via Shetland- An Industrial Trail
A remark by the leader of a BIAS trip to Sharpness Docks on where certain ships came from and the cargo they carried prompted a voyage of industrial discovery with family connections. Talk given by Jim Pimpernell, BIAS member.

NOVEMBER

Thurs 9th 7:30 Keynsham The Vale of Berkeley Railway Restoration
The history of the line, the link across the Severn to Lydney, current restoration and plans for the future. Ian Raven- member of the restoration team.
Thurs 23rd 7:30 Keynsham Claverton Pumping Station
Peter Dunn (Group Volunteer Leader) will give a short history of the site and what has been happening over the last few years plus some recently discovered facts about the engine keepers.

DECEMBER

Thurs 14th 7:30 Keynsham Xmas social. Our own Stuart Burroughs will show a suitable film. Please bring some food. Maybe you have some books to sell.

MEETING VENUES

Meetings will now be held in Keynsham British Legion, Charlton Road, Keynsham BS31 2JA
By Car: From Bristol, turn right at the Keynsham bypass roundabout to go to Keynsham. Straight on at Station roundabout and turn next right. Very substantial council car park on Ashton Way about 50 yards from the Legion. Free after 6PM.
By Bus: The 337/339 service run by First Bus from Bath via Saltford stops in Temple Street at the opposite end of the High Street from the Legion giving you a 5 minute walk.
Alternatively you can stay on this service and travel round Keynsham until it arrives at the other end of the High Street and get off on Charlton Road and walk down to the Legion or get off opposite St Johns Church on the High Street. The service is hourly and at present timings are reasonably convienient for meetings.
The 349 service from Bristol via Brislington is provided by Abus and First Bus (return tickets can be used on both operators). This sets down opposite St Johns Church. The service is hourly, the return times are at present not ideal unless you want to stay for a drink at the Legion.
By Rail: There are direct hourly services from Bristol Parkway and Bath at suitable times to arrive for the meeting. The return trains are also hourly but people wishing to reach Bristol Parkway would need to change at Temple Meads. (Based on present winter timetable).

'Bath' meetings are held at the Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, Bath.

For all walks and field visits, wear stout shoes and adequate weather equipment. Bring picnic lunches as necessary


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