URGENT: UEG Old Tor and Longcliffe trips date changes

Due to a problem with access the Old Tor trip planned for 24 Sept 2019 has had to be postponed to 22 October. Consequently the Longcliffe trip advertised for 22 Oct needs to be postponed too, date to be confirmed.

Note that PDMHS-UEG (Underground Exploration Group) trips are limited to UEG members only.  PDMHS members can join the UEG for no charge but they must have BCA underground insurance which can be purchased from the UEG (but if you already have BCA insurance, perhaps as a member of a caving club, that’s fine).  More about UEG here.


EMHERF archaeological conference 5 Oct 2019, Nottingham

There is a one-day archaeological conference being held at Nottingham University on Saturday 5 October which may be of interest to Society members. Its theme is recent research work which is advancing the objectives of the East Midlands Historic Environment Research Framework (EMHERF), in particular one of the afternoon talks focuses on the  lead industry but there are others with an industrial archaeological theme. Tickets cost £20 for the day, bookings can be made through https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/east-midlands-research-framework-new-frameworks-for-our-past-tickets-61689298352 or by cheque with the booking form on this flyer.

Reopening Wardlow Sough in Cressbrook Dale

The DCA is looking for volunteers to assist in the reopening of Wardlow Sough in Cressbrook Dale during the first week in September. Attached is an information sheet outlining the proposal. If any of your club members can possibly help at some point with this important project they should follow the link to Doodle Poll in this attachment and put in their details. Pete Knight, DCA Project Officer, will contact them with further details. 

Relevant article in PDMHS Bulletin 7-2

Smeaton and Watt: unleashing the power that changed the world

steam engine drawingThe 2019 Smeaton Lecture is taking place on 23rd July at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London. The title is “Smeaton and Watt: unleashing the power that changed the world”. 

“The 18th century saw unprecedented advances in our ability to harness power. Much of this was down to James Watt whose invention of the separate condenser and other improvements to the Newcomen engine was the key that unlocked the full potential of the power of steam. Watt then mastered rotative power for factories, accelerating the industrial revolution. Smeaton had also made improvements to the Newcomen engine and he and Watt shared a mutual respect.

This year’s Smeaton lecture will explore this relationship with the help of some letters, not previously published or archived, and uses engineering hindsight to explore the factors influencing successful innovation – then and now.”

Full details of the lecture can be found here.