Industrial Heritage Group
Leader Mike Stow 01530 469152
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!
All venues and dates are provisional
|24th Jan||9.30 am||Pickford's House and Derby Museum & Art Gallery||Mike Stow||'Beyond the velvet rope'. The schedule has had to be re-arranged as there is another party visiting the house in the morning and so we will first visit the Art Gallery to see Joseph Wright's extraordinary paintings of the 'Age of Enlightenment' and the start of the Industrial Revolution. After lunch at one of Derby's historic pubs we shall visit Pickford's house. This was the professional showcase and family home of Georgian architect Joseph Pickford. A member of the museum team will be in traditional 18th century costume to give a guided tour of the house. There will also be an opportunity to go beyond the velvet rope and examine the beautiful rooms up close. Pickford House £48 per group, Art Gallery is free.|
|28th Feb||British Motor Museum, Gaydon||Reg Preece||See the world's largest collection of historic British cars. Visit both the museum and the storage warehouse with over 250 cars not normally on display. A private guided tour may also be available. Tickets £12. Group discount for 12 or more.|
|28th Mar||Triumph Motorcycle factory tour and museum||Ray Harriman||Tour the state of the art factory and visit the brand new museum of all things Triumph|
|25th Apr||Blists Hill Victorian Town and Coleport Pottery||Kevin Green||Free entry for those who have kept their tickets from last year's visit to Ironbridge|
|24th May||Bristol coach trip||Colin Ellis||In conjunction with the History Group, enjoy a trip to Bristol and walk over Clifton Bridge, take a guided tour over the steam ship SS Great Britain, visit the newly opened Brunel museum and take the ferry boat into town. This trip is now fully booked but there is a waiting list for cancellations.|
|27th Jun||National Museum of Computing near Bletchley Park||John Howlett||See 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.|
|25th Jul||Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Conningsby||Paul McKay||See the Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancaster of the BBMF|
|17th Aug||Great Western Railway awayday||Colin Ellis||Friday & 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
|28th Sep||Cadbury World and Bourneville village||Avril & Bill Wilson||A visit to Bourneville Village and a guided tour around Cadbury World|
|24th Oct||Lion Salt Works, Cheshire and Stretton Watermill||Tony Smith||Visit 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 the historic working water-powered corn-mill at nearby Stretton|
|28th Nov||Amazon fullfillment centre, Rugeley||Bob Baxendale||See how Amazon picks and packs all those parcels which you order online|
22nd November. Leeds Royal ArmouriesA dozen members braved the trials of the M1 to visit Leeds on a cold and blustery day. Fortunately, or possibly well-planned, our November visit was to an indoor site. And a free one at that.