Industrial History

For those interested in discovering something about the industrial past within and around the Wyre Forest area.  

The group meets once a month, usually on the second Friday, at 10.00am, unless otherwise stated.

Meetings will generally take the form of a visit to a place of industrial historical interest and will be of about 2 hours duration.

There are also occasional meetings for members in addition to those featured in the programme.

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Industrial History Programme - 2017

13th January 2017

Planning the 2017 programme

Willow Court Community Room, Franche Kidderminster DY11 5AU

From 10.00am to 12.noon

 
10th February 2017

Members' presentations

Standardising mass production methods - based on the production of the Springfield rifle - Mike Cutler

Coal mining - Alan Williams and Tom Elliott

Willow Court Community Room, Franche, Kidderminster, DY11 5AU

From 10.00am to 12 noon

 
10th March 2017

Birmingham Museum Storage Collection

Leave Kidderminster Railway Station at 9.30am

Cost of visit TBC

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14th April 2017

Knowles Mill, Dowles Brook, near Bewdley (postponed)

There is a three-quarter mile walk to and from the mill on uneven surface

Led by Tom Elliott  (POSTPONED)

 
12th May 2017

Snailbeach Mine near Minsterley, Shropshire

Car sharing - leave Kidderminster at 9.30am

Cost of visit TBC

 

6th June 2017

NB TUESDAY

Hereford Waterworks Museum (TBC)

Car sharing - leave Kidderminster at 9.30am

Cost of visit TBC

 
14th July 2017

The Davis Collection of Industrial and Agricultural Vehicles, Redditch (this will take place later in the year - TBC)

 

Knowles Mill, Dowles Brook, near Bewdley

There is a three-quarter mile walk to and from the mill on uneven surface

Led by Tom Elliott 

 

 
11th August 2017

No Meeting

 
8th September 2017

Coleham Pumping Station, Shrewsbury, SY3 7DN: 2:00pm

Chance to see engines in steam

Car sharing - leave Kidderminster 12:30: meet Broadwaters Car Park for car sharing.

NB. Limited car park at site, on road parking nearby.

Cost of visit £3pp, minimum 10 people.

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13th October 2017

Worcester Cathedral Roof Space

Cost of visit £6 pp.

 
10th November 2017

Bradley Workshop

A chance to visit the Canal & River Trust workshop where they make and repair lock gates.

Travel details to follow

 
8th December 2017    

 

Programme arrangements might change, so please check the website for details

Industrial History Programme - 2016

8th January

Willow Court Room

Glimpses of industrial history in and around the Wyre Forest

Mike Carter

12th February

Willow Court Room

10.00 am to 12 noon

Sugar and Salt

Discovering something about the histories of the once local sugar and salt industries of Kidderminster and Droitwich

Contributions from members

11th March

Walsall Leather Museum

8th April

Newman Brothers Coffin Works, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

13th May

The Blorenge industrial area, near Abergavenny - (This visit will now take place during the summer - date to be arranged)

(A day visit)

Visit to Drakelow Tunnels with Social History Group (Leader Janice Evans)

 

10th June

Churchill Forge, near Blakedown, Kidderminster

8th July

Daniels Mill, near Bridgnorth

Meet at the mill for 10.30am

12th August

Cancelled

28th September

Dudley Tunnel - an extended tour (6 hours) through the Dudley and Netherton tunnels

Joint visit with the Geology Group - a day visit

(Booking essential)

Cancelled - insufficient numbers

14th October

Willow Court Room

10.00am  - 12.00noon

 A history of measurement

David Strucket

Please note change of date

11th November

Members' projects

9th December

Willow Court Room

Planning the 2017 programme

Cancelled

 

Programme arrangements might change, so please check the website for details

Industrial History Programme - 2015

30th January

Members' Projects -  starter session - with Alan Yates

(For further informationcontact Mike Carter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

13th February

The mechanics of spinning and weaving at Kidderminster Museum of Carpet (from 10.30 - 1.00pm - £6 per person)

 

13th March

A History of Boats and the River Severn - a talk by David Struckett

 

10th April

A visit to a local carpet factory 

(TBC)

 

8th May

The Jewellery Quarter, Pen Museum and Assay Office in Birmingham

(TBC)

 

14th June

Waterworks Museum, Hereford

(NB - this is a Sunday visit in order to see machines in steam)

 

 

10th July

The Birmingham Museum Collections Centre

 

August

No meeting  

28th September

A visit to the SVR loco shed in Bridgnorth

Please note change of day and date

 

9th October

A Project Day 'Weave and Design' at Kidderminster Museum of Carpet

Postponed - to be rearranged

 
13th November

Members' projects - an opportunity to share and exchange information.

Willow Court Room, Wilton Avenue, Franche, Kidderminster DY11 5AU at 10.00am

Cost per person £2 including refreshments

 

11th December

Planning the 2016 programme  

Programme arrangements might change, please check the website for details

Industrial History Programme - 2014

10th January

  Gunpowder Making - talk by Sue and Mike Cutler

  The Lock Inn, Wolverley at 2.00pm

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14th February

Chain making - talk by John Gill 

The Lock Inn, Wolverley at 2.00pm

 
14th March

Worcester Porcelain visit

11.00am. Meet at Broadwtares car park at 10.00am

 
13th April 

The Davis Collection of Industrial and Agricultural Vehicles, Redditch (TBC)

 

 
21st May

Redditch Needle Mill 

Please note change of date for this visit

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13th June

Day visit to the Victorian Village, Ironbridge Gorge Museum - a guided tour

 
11th July

The industrial history of Bewdley - a guided tour of exhibits at Bewdley Museum, with demonstrations

 
August

No meeting

 
12th September

The industrial history of Worcester Cathedral - a guided tour by Chris Guy, Cathedral Archaeologist

Health warning!  A lot of climbing up spiral stairs, along narrow passageways, over uneven surfaces. 

Report
 

Report of a joint visit with the Geology group to Snailbeach Mines, Shropshire

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21st November

Industrialising carpet making

A guided talk by Melvyn Thompson at The Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster (£6 per person inc refreshments)

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12th December

General meeting - planning the 2015 programme

Kidderminster Baptist Church, Franche Road, Kidderminster at 2.00 pm

 

 

Industrial History Programme - 2013

26th February

Kidderminster Museum of Carpet

An excellent starting point for anyone interested in gaining practical awareness of local industrial history

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8th March

Bewdley's Lost Industries  

Using a history trail devised by Fenella Flack and produced by The Bewdley Historical Group, The Bewdley Museum and Kenneth Hobson

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5th April

Iron Manufacturing

A talk given by Rick Jarvis

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7th April

Davis Collection

A visit to the Davis collection of civil engineering and agricultural vehicles

Report

12th April

Churchill Forge

A visit to one of over 100 mills that used to function within the area during the 17th to 19th centuriues and that made use of the local river system that feeds into the River Stour.

Report

10th May

 

 Daniels Mill, Bridgnorth

A visit to a fully functioning corn mill powered by the largest working iron waterwheel in England

Report

14th June

The History of the Stourport Canal Basin

A guided tour of one of the busiest canal - river ports on the Staffordshire - Worcestershire canal during the late 18th and early 19th century 

Report

11th October

 Shelsley Water Mill, Shelsley Walsh

A restored, working watermill, with wooden machinery, cast iron waterwheel and belt-driven farming machinery.

Report
8th November

Red House Glass Cone, Dudley

Guided visit, with glass blowing demonstration.

Report
18th December

Bronze casting

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