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SERIAC 2015
I.A. Home and Away

South East Regional
Industrial Archaeology
Conference 2015

Saturday 25 April 2015

hosted by
Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
at Ashburton Hall, Winchester

Programme:
0900-1000 Registration & coffee
1000-1010 Welcome by Rob Fish (HIAS Deputy Chairman)
1010-1055 Metalliferous Mining in the Channel Islands, Howard Sprenger (HIAS)
1055-1100 Comfort Break
1100-1145 Flying Boats of Southampton, Colin van Geffen (Aviation enthusiast & artist)
1145-1230 The Ford Motor Industry in Southampton, Jon Murden (Dorset County Museum)
1230-1400 Lunch Break
1400-1445 Charles Henry Driver, Railway Architect, Dr Bill Fawcett (Railway Heritage Trust)
1445-1530 I.A in Paris, Chris Rule (GLIAS)
1530-1600 Tea
1600-1645 Bursledon Brickworks, Dr Carolyne Haynes (Bursledon Brickworks)
1645-1700 Closing Remarks by Howard Sprenger (HIAS Chairman)


Synopses of Talks

Metalliferous Mining in the Channel Islands
Howard Sprenger [HIAS Chairman]
The Channel Islands are not noted for their industrial past, but even the smallest had mills and quarries, albeit usually for local use only. However, in the middle of the 19th century deposits of copper, lead and silver were discovered, and there was great speculation in metalliferous mining on most of the islands. None of the enterprises were successful and most closed within a few short years. Piecing together the story of the mines is difficult because of their brief lives, but over the years much information has been gathered together by local enthusiasts and others on the mainland. This talk tells the story of the various ventures, and is illustrated by maps, plans and photographs of the surviving remains where they can be found. It is based on several field visits to the islands and examination of contemporary records.

Flying Boats of Southampton
Colin van Geffen [Aviation Enthusiast & Artist]
Flying Boats of Southampton [Ships of the sky] recalls the Golden Years of the commercial flying boat era, when Southampton and its Empire flying boats led the world. The age of the flying boat spans barely sixty years from its birth only a few short years after the Wright brothers' historic first flight on Kill Devil Hill in 1903, until its near demise in the late 1950s with the advent of the jet airliner. Throughout this period Southampton has not only played a part in this evolution, it has on more than one occasion been right at the forefront - leading the way in a story of flying development that has literally encompassed the whole world. Together we will explore this short period of our aviation heritage, experiencing a flavour of the developments and evolution of this transport phenomenon.

The Ford Motor Industry in Southampton
Dr Jon Murden [Dorset County Museum]
The talk considers the development of the Ford Motor Company in Britain and the role Southampton has played in that development.

Charles Henry Driver Railway Architect
Dr Bill Fawcett [Railway Heritage Trust]
Charles Henry Driver [1832-1900] is an architect probably best known for his involvement with Bazalgette in the design of London$rsquo;s Crossness & Abbey Mills sewage pumping stations in the 1860s. He established his own practice in the 1850s and joined RIBA in 1867 and became President of the Society of Civil & Mechanical Engineers. Driver first won public mention working for the engineer Charles Liddell on the Midland Railway's extension from Leicester to Hitchen. His larger stations [Wellingborough and, in part, Kettering being the survivors] employed a cottage ornée along with elegant ridge and furrow platform roofmg inspired by Paxton. That, and the diamond pattern window glazing, would remain Midland characteristics.

I.A. in Paris
Chris Rule [GLIAS]
Paris has a long industrial history and many monuments survive. Not only does the city still possess relics of its past as a major manufacturing centre, it also retains much of its nineteenth century infrastructure such as railways, canals, water, electricity and other public utilities. The products of the French industry can also still be seen in many buildings around the city. Paris, like London, and other major cities, is always changing as it adapts to the needs of the modem world, but much of industrial heritage interest survives and this talk will outline a selection of sites which can still be visited.

Burseldon Brickworks
Dr Carolyne Haynes [Bursledon Brickworks]
Bursledon Brickworks was built in 1897 with the express aim of producing millions of bricks a year. At the time there were few factories that could make bricks all year round and in such large quantities. For the next 90 years the factory continued to make bricks using its old Victorian machinery and without updating the process in any way. As a result, when it closed in 1974 it was an amazing survivor of the past.