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 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.
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.

The group started in March 2003.

In the last two years we have had talks on Electric Traction on the Railways, the History of Amberley Museum, the Cold War and the V Force Nuclear Deterrent, Brick Making, the Mille Miglia, WWl Mining & the Trenches, Chinook Helicopters in the Falklands Campaign, Crossrail, Bloodhound SSC, the History of Crystal Palace, the London-Portsmouth Barge Route, George & Robert Stephenson, and the History of Computing. We have also visited Bursledon Museum, Bletchley Park, the Great Dorset Steam Fair and the RAF Museum at Hendon.

Our mission is to explore Britain’s 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 (£10 deposit required for the May, June and July visits – the May visit still has capacity as we have booked the largest boat.)

Programme for 2017

Monday 17th April "No Meeting (Easter Monday)".
Friday 21st April "Surrey U3A Network Study Day at the Menuhin Hall" – Comfort & Convenience in the Country House presented by Professor Marilyn Palmer, U3A Member, Emeritus Professor of Industrial Archaeology, Leicester University – further details and application form at: Study Days.
Monday 15th May "Short Talks Meeting".
1. Eric Martin – Wytch Farm Oil Field, Wytch Farm in Purbeck, Dorset, is the biggest on-shore oil field in Europe. Oil and gas have been extracted since 1979 and the field is undergoing development to extend its operational life.

2. John Corker – Kempton Great Engines, Kempton Park Waterworks pair of triple-expansion steam engines were installed in 1927-28. One of the engines has been restored and is now the world’s largest working triple-expansion steam pumping engine.

3. Roger Wakeford – Surrey Iron Railway, The Surrey Iron Railway was a horse drawn plateway which connected the industries of the Wandle Valley with the Thames at Wandsworth. The line opened in 1803 and an extension, the Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Railway, opened in 1805.
Wednesday 17th May “Visit - Wey and Arun Canal Tour, Loxwood.” Morning narrowboat cruise at 10:00 (cost £10). Pub lunch, followed by an exploration of canal features of interest. Travel in shared cars.
Wednesday 28th June “Visit - Museum of Aviation History, Duxford.” The Imperial War Museum’s historic airfield and extensive collection of aircraft. Travel by minibus (total cost including minibus & admission £30).
Wednesday 19th July “Visit - Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey.” Exhibits showing how explosives were developed and produced on the site for 300 years. Travel by minibus (total cost including minibus, land train tour, tea & coffee and admission £30). Take packed lunch.
Thursday 17th August “Visit - Hollycombe Steam Collection, Liphook.” Collection of steam powered fairground rides, railway engines, traction engines, etc. (admission £14). Travel in shared cars.

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

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