Burns Lecture, Thursday 2 May 2019

This year’s Burns Lecture Day was again held at STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2EY.

Our programme for the 2019 Burns Lecture Day [pdf]

Phil Judkins opened the morning talks,on the D-Day Deceptions, human and electronic, and he will hold over his talk on our last war with France until next year as he has very recently located some new information which he wants to incorporate; he will also feature another significant archival find during the day. Transmission Lines Editor Peter Butcher, whose excellent talks are always well-received, concluded the morning with a talk on Batteries.

After a finger buffet lunch, our President Keith Thrower and Dr Liz Bruton, Curator at the Science Museum, gave us a preview of our November Conference at the Science Museum, followed by our (brief) AGM. Our main lecture, the 2019 Burns Lecture, was delivered by Dr Jonathan Aylen, President of the Newcomen Society, who made a most positive impression on DEHS when he addressed us on Britain’s first atomic weapon, Blue Danube. Dr Aylen gave a superb and engaging talk on “From Cold War to Coal Trains.”

Transport and Directions

By car: For drivers, a map is available on the STEAM website; and DRIVERS PLEASE NOTE – Swindon is a complex town to navigate by road, and especially so at morning and evening rush hours.

By train: If in doubt, come by train if you can! For those who opt to come by train, Swindon is easily reached via the London Paddington/ Bristol line, and STEAM is 10 – 20 minutes’ walk from Swindon Railway Station. Turn right outside the Station, stay on the right-hand side pedestrian path and keep going until you come to a pedestrian sign that directs you through the GWR tunnel that connects to the Churchward site. Your route will pass English Heritage HQ and Thomas Homes apartments, soon leading to STEAM Museum.

  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 speaker Dr Jonathan Aylen. Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 audience. Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 speaker Dr Jonathan Aylen. Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 speaker Dr Jonathan Aylen. Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 speaker Peter Butcher. Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 speaker Peter Butcher. Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 speaker Dr Phil Judkins. Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 speaker Dr Phil Judkins. Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 speaker Dr Phil Judkins. Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 Simon Blumlein welcomes attendees. Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: Richard Powell explaining DRC. Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: APU and AMU = air mileage unit to right rear (Richard Powell). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: APU and AMU = air mileage unit to right rear (Richard Powell). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: APU = air position unit (Richard Powell). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: DRC - dead reckoning compass - display (Richard Powell). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: RF 27 GEE tuning unit - D Day special frequencies (Phil Judkins). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: FuG 16 (Phil Judkins). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: SCR 522 (Phil Judkins). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: TR1133 opened up (Phil Judkins). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: VHF Technology development - British TR1153 left, earlier British 1133 opened up centre, US SCR 522 right (Phil Judkins). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: Battery display Li-ion to front (Peter Butcher). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: AI8 simulation (Tony Waller). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: AI8 simulation (Tony Waller). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: ASV 2 simulation (Tony Waller). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: AI8 simulation (Tony Waller). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 audience. Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: Perusal of VHF technology development - back of UK TR1143 foreground, US SCR 522 behind, German FuG 16 to rear (Phil Judkins). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: DRC - dead reckoning compass - display (Richard Powell). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: Prof Simon Watt's excellent ASV2 simulation on laptop. Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: Prof Simon Watts and Tony Waller discussing ASV2. Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: AI8 demo (Tony Waller). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: ASV 2 demo (Tony Waller). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: Battery display Li-ion to front (Peter Butcher). Photo by Dick Green.
  • DEHS Burns Spring Lecture 2019 equipment display: R1619 RAF WW2 1.25 - 5GHz intercept Rx (Chris Cooper). Photo by Dick Green.

Booking and Registration

Paper forms: Please send completed forms [pdf] as soon as possible, and not later than Saturday 27 April, together with cheques made out to ‘DEHS’ for £16 per person, to include coffee at registration, sandwich lunch and afternoon tea) to:
Dr Phil Judkins, 18 St John’s Square, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2RA.

Online payment: As an alternative to mailing forms and cheques, please email scan/image of form to philjudkins@btinternet.com and pay online via: PayPal to treasurer@dehs.org.uk, or BACS transfer to DEHS account No. 77535235 / Sort Code 55-70-10, with Ref “SL19 [Your surname & initials]”.