Programme

All our lectures will take place on Saturday mornings at the Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD, starting at 11.00 am. except where otherwise stated.

This programme for the year ahead is published each Autumn and can be downloaded here.  

21 September 2019

 

MARSHALL'S FLAX MILL, SHREWSBURY: A LEEDS OUTPOST AND WORLD FIRST

Joanna Layton

In 1796 a partnership involving the Marshall-built Ditherington Mill, Shrewsbury, the world’s first iron-framed structure. The talk considers this building’s importance in industrial history.

 

19 October 2019

 

ARCHEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS AT KIRKSTALL FORGE: THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDUSTRIAL WORKS OVER FOUR CENTURIES

Glyn Davies

Kirkstall Forge was used for around 400 years. The closure and demolition of the Works presented the opportunity to undertake an archaeological study of the site.

 

16 November 2019

 

THE CALDER & HEBBLE NAVIGATION, 1806

Keith Noble

This talk gives a general history of the Calder & Hebble Navigation emphasising the  improvements that increased the proportion that was canal from one third to two thirds over a 60 year period.

 

21 December 2019

Please note venue

 

DISCOVERING SOME OF THE LESS WELL-KNOWN LOCAL LOCOMOTIVE BUILDERS

Stewart Liles

When one thinks of Leeds as a locomotive building centre, the big names spring to mind. In this talk we look at some of the smaller local businesses for whom loco building was often just a side-line.

At the Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, LS2 9DX

 

25  January 2020

 

 

FIRED EARTH: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HEAVY CERAMICS INDUSTRY IN AND AROUND CALDERDALE

Chris Bateman

This talk explains the influence of geology on the heavy ceramic industry in and around Calderdale. It refers to the precursor industries and the development of the industry from small yards to large mechanised works.

 

22 February 2020

Please note time and venue

ROBERT VICKERS MEMORIAL EVENT

A tribute to our late chair including talks on:

  • The Simplex Car (Steve Myers)
  • Henry Ford's 1928 Holiday: Collecting British Steam Engines (David Perrett)

1pm at Armley Mills Industrial Museum.

There is no charge for attending but booking is required.

 

21 March 2020

 

 

WATER FOR LEEDS: THE RESERVOIRS OF THE WASHBURN VALLEY, 1866-1966

Andrew McTominey

This talk examines the positive and negative impact of reservoir construction in the Washburn Valley by the Leeds Corporation.

 

Saturday April 25th

Please note time

 

SECTION AGM AND MEMBERS' SESSION

This meeting will start at 10.45

 






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