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CIAS Programme Winter 2017-18
 
Please see our current programme below or download as a pdf copy here.

 

CIAS Lecture Programme

 

11 September

Mon 7 30 pm

Subject:- Impact of 19th century railway development on the iron industry in NE England
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough
Speaker:- Dr W Stokes
In 1830 there were only 2 blast furnaces for the initial smelting of iron ore in the whole of the North East of England. By the end of the century the region was the leading iron and steel producer in the kingdom. How had this come about?

 

9 October

 

Mon 7 30 pm

Subject:- The mining and working of jet
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough
Speaker:- Carol Cook
This talk explores the history and composition of jet, where it is found and how it is mined. Finishing and uses of jet in the 19th century will be examined, concluding with the subsequent decline of the industry.

 

13 November

Mon 7 30 pm

Subject:- Battle of the River Tees
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough
Speaker:- Tony Nicholson
The battle for the control of access to the River Tees occurred as a result of a conflict of interest between rival companies for control over the means of transporting ironstone to the blast furnaces of ironworks on the banks of the river.

 

11 December

 

Mon 7 30 pm

Subject:- The Development of the Port of the Tees
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough
Speaker:- Andrew Ridley
After briefly describing the early ports on the R Tees, a more detailed explanation will be given of the development of Teesport and the operations carried out there today. Teesport handles over 5,000 vessels each year involving around 40 million tonnes of cargo.

 

8 January

2018

 

Mon 7 30 pm

Subject: North Eastern Railway in World War 1
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough
Speaker:- Rob Langham
The North Eastern Railway had to adapt to wartime conditions in order to continue to operate. Workshops formerly used to build locomotives were turned over to making weapons of war. Women replaced the men who left for military service. As the war went on, locomotives and rolling stock were sent to France to help with the enormous logistics required for operations on the Western Front, but still the railway had to continue to operate.

 

12 February

 

Mon 7 30 pm

Subject: The History and Archaeology of Yearsley Watermill
Venue:- St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough
Speaker:- Geoffrey Snowdon
Although there is no mention of a mill in official records and no sign of one on the earliest Ordnance Survey maps produced in the 1850s, a previously unrecorded watermill site was identified through archaeological survey, and subsequent excavations were carried out to investigate the extant remains.

 

12 March

 

Mon 7 30 pm

Subject:- Underground Exploration of some of the mines in the Esk Valley
Venue:- Community Centre Hall, Windsor Rd., Saltburn (Adjacent to the library).
Speaker:- Simon Chapman
In recent years by members of the Cleveland Mining Heritage Society who have been clearing, identifying and exploring some of the mines along the Esk Valley. The talk will also reveal the evidence left by the miners.

 

22 April

 

Mon 7 15pm

Subject: - AGM and Members’ Evening
Venue: - St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Members’ contributions will be welcomed; please advise the Secretary in advance.

 

 

All Lectures are held at St. Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Lectures start at 7 30 pm unless otherwise noted.
The lectures are free and visitors welcome.

 

 

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