This year’s Burns Lecture Day was again held at STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2EY.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and pay online via: PayPal to email@example.com, or BACS transfer to DEHS account No. 77535235 / Sort Code 55-70-10, with Ref “SL19 [Your surname & initials]”.