Monthly Meetings

Meetings/Events Calendar

NEDIAS  meets on the second Monday of the month, at 7.30 from September to May, and visitors are welcome to our regular talks. You can download this year’s programme here: NEDIAS 2017 Programme

VENUE:  St. Thomas’ Church Centre, Brampton,   Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield S40 3AW (Directly opposite Vauxhall garage/ Bristol Street Motors)

Next Meetings:

Monday 10 April 2017, 7.30

David Hulse: “Francis Thompson”

David Hulse has written the biography of Francis Thompson, one of the most famous constructors of both Newcomen and Watt engines. David is ex-Chief Engineer for Royal Doulton, and over decades he has researched and painstakingly built highly accurate models of every conceivable type of 18th century steam engine. Francis Thompson, tonight’s subject, lived and worked locally to us here, and his engines were built for many late-1700s mills and factories. David will no doubt bring along copies of his biographies of Thompson & Trevithick (£11.95).

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Monday 8 May 2017, 7.30

DAVID WILMOT MEMORIAL LECTURE

Les Nixon: “West Yorkshire through to South Yorkshire”

Les has amassed a truly impressive collection of railway photographs – it’s said that he has visited more lines in one year than many have done in ten, and he’s been doing it for over five decades! But they’re not just photos, Les knows not just railways but the intricacies of photography. He’s one of the most respected railway photographers and has been welcomed to many railway societies right around the country.

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Monday 11 September, 7.30
Pete Lawton: “The English Longbow”

Behind every battle in history was a highly supportive industry. They not just produced the
arms and armour for use in the field, they followed the army working behind the battlefront, replacing weapons, building and repairing armour, replacing shafts and blades. They included blacksmiths, sheet metalworkers, sawyers, leatherworkers, and
many other trades. Not least they produced the latest weapons, of which the English longbow was a devastating weapon. See the equipment, hear the history, think again about the massive industry that was behind every army in history—sometimes numbering more than the number of fighters
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Monday 9 October, 7.30
Tony Ball: “Hydroelectric Power— The Moriston Project”

About 40% of the UK’s electricity from renewable sources comes from Hydroelectricity. Quite a minor source in England but very important in Scotland. Tony has considerable archive of the construction of the Great Glen’s Moriston Project, specifically of the Loyne and Cluanie concrete gravity dams, and Ceannacroc underground power station.
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Monday 13 November, 7.30
Peter Hawkins: “The Yorkshire Engine Company of Sheffield”

The Yorkshire Engine Company was formed in 1865 and produced steam locomotives, later moving to diesel and diesel-electric locos, as well as carrying out a variety of engineering work. They supplied to many of the famous railway companies, and had a thriving overseas market too.
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Monday 12 December, 2017, 7:30pm:
Christmas meeting.

Talks from members. Accompanied of course by mince pies!
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