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The Industrial Heritage Group

Leader:  Mike Stow
phone: 01530 469152
email: indhist@ashbyu3a.co.uk

The Industrial Heritage Group is for members who have an interest in our industrial heritage of trains, cars, planes, bikes, early manufacturing etc. to visit museums, railways, factories and other places related to our industrial past. We occasionally take a quite broad view of what constitutes "Industrial Heritage" if it is of interest to us!

Travel arrangements vary depending on how far we have to travel, but generally we meet in Ashby to car-share.

Our trips are normally on Wednesdays unless otherwise stated

Future programme

Wed 28th MarDepart at 8:15 amLion Salt Works, Cheshire and Weaver Hall MuseumTony SmithVisit the last open-pan salt making site which only closed in 1986. Trace the production of salt in Cheshire for the last 3000 years. Also visit Weaver Hall museum housed in what was the workhouse. History of the workhouse and also of manufacturing in the area.
Wed 25th AprBlists Hill Victorian Town and Coalport PotteryKevin GreenFree entry for those who have kept their tickets from last year's visit to Ironbridge
Thu 24th MayBristol coach tripColin EllisThe Bristol trip on 24th May is now full, although, if anyone else wishes to go, we will keep a waiting list. We now need to collect the balance for the Bristol trip and would be grateful if this could be paid at the March monthly meeting or as soon as possible thereafter.

The coach fare is £16.00 (less the deposit of £10.00 if already paid) plus £11.00 entry to the Great Britain and £2.00 for the guided tour. All prices are per person.

If you cannot remember what you have requested, please contact Colin Ellis (01530 272592 e-mail colinellis1950@gmail.com) or Margaret Howlett.

Entry to the ship and the 2.15pm guided tour are still available if required by those who have not yet booked them.

Those going to Temple Meads should bring their bus passes as we will use service buses to get there and back and I hope that they will be accepted. Although entry to the offices is free, they would welcome a donation towards their charitable work with schools. We propose to collect £2.00 per head from those participating but, as this is entirely voluntary, if you do not wish to contribute, please deduct this amount from the total requested for payment.

Please pay by cheque payable to Ashby-de-la-Zouch U3A, if possible, and hand to Margaret Howlett or Colin Ellis
Wed 27th JunNational Museum of Computing near Bletchley ParkJohn HowlettSee the history of computing including Colossus the world's first electronic computer plus much, much more. Alternatively, visit Bletchley Park itself if you missed the last trip there.
Wed 25th JulBattle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Conningsby + Tattershall CastlePaul McKayVisit Tattershall Castle before lunch then take a 90 min guided tour around the hangers to see the Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancaster of the BBMF.
Castle £8.00 (free for NT members, discount for 15 or more non-NT members).
BBMF £6 approx. (price rise due in April)
Fri 17th AugGreat Western Railway awaydayColin EllisFriday & Saturday. An overnight trip to visit STEAM - the museum of the GWR at Swindon plus Crofton Pumping Engines, the oldest engines in the world still doing their original job (unfortunately not in steam the day we visit). After a night in Newbury and dinner, hopefully by the canal, we shall visit Didcot Railway Centre where the trains will be in steam and carrying passengers up and down the line, followed by a visit to Pendon Model Railway - one of the largest and most beautifully modelled railways in the country.
Total entrance fees approx £27 + £60 per car for fuel and parking + overnight lodging. Newbury Travelodge is currently £27 per room for August but prices may rise before booking
Wed 26th SepCadbury World and Bourneville villageAvril & Bill WilsonA visit to Bourneville Village and a guided tour around Cadbury World
Wed 17th OctTriumph Motorcycle museum and factory tourRay HarrimanA 90 min guided tour of the state of the art Triumph factory plus a visit to the Triumph Experience - the complete story of all things Triumph. The history, design, manufacturing, racing, record-breaking, the famous riders plus see the most famous Triumphs of the silver screen
Wed 28th NovAmazon fulfilment centre, RugeleyBob BaxendaleAmazon only do tours Feb to Sept so this will be postponed to next year. Looking for alternate venues

28th February. British Motor Museum, Gaydon

The Industrial Heritage group visited Gaydon museum today. Despite worries about the forecast snow, and various last minute cancellations by members due to illnesses, visiting tradesmen or other pressing needs, 11 of us eventually arrived at Gaydon.

The museum stands on the grounds of the Jaguar and Aston Martin test facility, but unfortunately the test track is hidden from sight so one cannot see any future models testing. We last visited Gaydon in Nov 2014 and quite a bit had changed thankfully. There are over 300 cars set out on display representing some of the best or most unusual vehicles produced by the British motor industry from the earliest times to the present day. Most of the cars are from the old British Leyland collection as unfortunately Ford, Vauxhall and the former Rootes group have declined to show any of their cars there. The few Fords and Vauxhalls that they do have been bought privately or are loaned by private collectors.

There is also a fairly new (not there last time) storage facility at the back called the Collections Centre where a further 250 cars not normally on display are stored along with the Jaguar Heritage Trust collection of prototype and rare Jaguars from their earliest days as Swallow Cars through to the present day. We all took the free guided tours of both the museum and Collection Centre to learn more about some of the most historic cars, and then wandered freely to try to look at everything else. One could spend days here and not study everything.

By 3pm the snow was falling heavily and so we decided to head home. The first few miles were quite treacherous but had mostly cleared by Warwick and the rest of the journey was not so bad. A great time was had by all.

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