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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!

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

All venues and dates are provisional

date dep. time venue organiser details
28th Feb9.30 amBritish Motor Museum, GaydonReg PreeceSee 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 MarLion 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.
25th AprBlists Hill Victorian Town and Coleport PotteryKevin GreenFree entry for those who have kept their tickets from last year's visit to Ironbridge
24th MayBristol coach tripColin EllisIn 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. There are now a few seats available on the coach due to cancellations
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.
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)
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
26th SepCadbury World and Bourneville villageAvril & Bill WilsonA visit to Bourneville Village and a guided tour around Cadbury World
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
28th NovAmazon fullfillment centre, RugeleyBob BaxendaleSee how Amazon picks and packs all those parcels which you order online

24th January. Pickford House and Derby Museum & Art Gallery

18 members arrived at Pickford House to park and walk to the Art Gallery. After the obligatory coffee, we ventured upstairs to the Joseph Wright of Derby Gallery to view his many pictures of the start of the Industrial Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment and also his portraits of his many friends and acquaintances involved in both. For those that don't know of his work, his paintings often appear to be illuminated by a single light source in the middle of the picture, whether it be a candle or a furnace and his handling of light (and dark) is quite remarkable. The rest of the museum has many fascinating displays related to the area from the Jurassic, through early human habitation up to the Jacobite Revolution and Bonnie Prince Charlie's invasion of England which reached as far as Derby before he turned back. We happened to be there the day before Burn's Night. From the museum we went to the pub booked for lunch who denied any knowledge of our booking! And they'd run out of beer!! Fortunately after a brisk walk back into the City centre, Wetherspoons was able to provide fine food and drinks in short order without any fuss. And it was next door to the birthplace of Joseph Wright! How auspicious. At Pickford House we were greeted by Paul, our costumed guide for the afternoon who took us "beyond the velvet rope" i.e. right into the various rooms of the house normally roped off to the public. The house was built and originally owned by the nowadays little remembered architect Joseph Pickford. His work was at one time confused with that of Robert Adam, and he was responsible for designing and constructing every building of Josiah Wedgwood's empire from factories, showrooms, workers' house and the family home Etruria House. Pickford House is excellently restored and Paul explained everything about how the house was used from the opulent front rooms to the downstairs rooms of the servants and how it evolved after his death under other owners. A very entertaining day out.

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