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The Industrial Heritage Group

Leader:  Mike Stow - indhist@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 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!

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 25th AprDep at 8.30 amBlists Hill Victorian Town and Coalport PotteryKevin GreenThis will be a car sharing trip. Free entry for those who have kept their tickets from last year's visit to Ironbridge. If you have lost/can't find your tickets contact Kevin Green asap as per the email sent. Otherwise tickets will cost £20 for seniors and last for 1 year.
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

Wednesday 28th March. Lion Salt Works

A large group of 19 set off in cars for Northwich and despite heavy rain and even heavier traffic, mostly due to road works everywhere, most of us arrived within a few minutes of each other, except for one car-load who were caught behind a road accident.

Our first stop was at the Weaver Hall museum who provided welcoming teas and coffee before showing a brief film of the Hall's previous life as a workhouse. We were then free to wander the museum to look at the industrial story of that part of Cheshire from the bronze age to the present day. One interesting artefact was a stone hammer head from the bronze age which was exactly the same shape and size as a modern steel one that we would use today on a sledgehammer!

After a very good lunch at the nearby Salt Barge, we literally crossed the road to the Lion Salt Works where our guide gave us an excellent tour of the works explaining the history of salt production from Roman times until the closure of the works in 1986. The Lion Works extracted brine (salt dissolved in water) by pumping it out of a seam of salt some 20m thick, 30m below the surface. The brine was then boiled in large shallow pans to evaporate the water while men scraped the salt out of the pans by hand before packing it into boxes to be left to dry out completely.

He also showed us how salt extraction has caused major subsidence in the area at various times leading to flooding and the collapse of many buildings, roads and even the canal which has had its sides built up many times to keep it level.

A fascinating story of one of life's most important minerals.

Photos by Mike

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