Interest Group - Industrial Heritage
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This group meets on the third Monday of the month at 10am.

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Current Group Status: Vacancies

We meet at 10am in Fetcham Village Hall on the third Monday of the month for a winter season of talks in September, October, November, January, February, March and April. In December we go for a walk and Christmas lunch, again on the third Monday.

The group is open to members of all local U3As and welcomes visitors. We started activities in March 2003. Information about the programme is usually circulated by email so please get in touch if you would like to be informed of meetings and visits. We organise visits to a variety of sites, mostly in the summer period.

In recent years we have had talks on the V Bomber Force, Brick Making, WWl Mining & the Trenches, Chinook Helicopters in the Falklands Campaign, Bloodhound SSC, the London-Portsmouth Barge Route, George & Robert Stephenson, Animal Power, the Efficiency of Steam Engines and Early Computing.

Our mission is to explore Britainís industrial heritage through talks, discussion and site visits, which are arranged to suit the group and the opening arrangements of the sites to be visited. We hear presentations prepared by members on topics of specialist knowledge and also invite outside speakers.

Please sign up for the visits at the meetings or contact the organisers at

Programme for 2018

Monday 15th January The Scope of Industrial Archaeology in Kent - James Preston.
Jim has lectured in Higher, Further and Adult Education on History, Industrial Archaeology and Industrial Architecture. He is the author of the books 'Kent's Industrial Heritage', 'Kent's Transport Heritage' and 'Malting and Malthouses in Kent', and has contributed chapters and articles to various publications on Kent history.
Monday 19th February A Career in Aviation - Peter Hoar.
Peter is a retired BA captain and will speak about a fifty year career in aviation from Vickers Vimy to Concorde.
Monday 19th March Charles Babbage and the First Computer - Doron Swade MBE.
Doron is a former Curator at the Science Museum. His major project at the museum was to organise the construction of Charles Babbage's Difference Engine, in collaboration with Dr Allan Bromley who studied Babbage's original drawings. Doron is a Visiting Professor in the History of Computing at the University of Portsmouth and an Honorary Research Fellow in Computer Science at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Monday 16th April Membersí Short Talks (Further offers are very welcome at

Polesden Lacey Research - Hugh Baker, Tony Cox and Michael Herbert. The talk will discuss the results of a study by a small team from the Industrial Heritage Group into the country house services at Polesden Lacey (National Trust). The services covered include water supply, electricity supply and internal communications.

Emissions from Petrol and Diesel Engines - Richard Rumble. The talk will aim to shed some light on this complex subject where the devil is in the detail.

North Wales Slate Heritage - Michael Herbert. The talk will look at the methods used for transporting unprocessed and processed slate within one of the lesser known slate quarries in North Wales.

All meetings are in Fetcham Village Hall and start at 10am.

There is a small charge but coffee/tea is included.