Clinker Memorial Lecture 2017 - a date for your diary

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Clinker Memorial Lecture 2017 - a date for your diary

Postby RichardCoulthurst » Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:45 am

Clinker Memorial Lecture 2017

This year’s Clinker Memorial Lecture will be held in the Mechanics Conference Centre, 103 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD at 2pm on Saturday, 14 October, 2017.
The subject of the lecture by Richard Byrom is William Fairbairn(1789 – 1874) who was an innovative mid-19th century engineer. Apart from being the leading international mill builder he was much involved in railways and other transport projects including:
Building some 500 locomotives;
Constructing over a 1000 railway bridges including research for the Conway and Britannia bridges;
Invention of the tubular crane;
Experimental work on canal boats;
Building early iron steamships including the Iron Duke

The venue for the lecture was chosen because of its connection with Fairbairn. He was one of the group who founded the Manchester Mechanics Institute which was very active in the education of young men of the time. The Institute is also notable as the building in which three significant British institutions were founded: the Trades Union Congress (TUC), the Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). It has been a Grade II* listed building since 11 May 1972. It is now a conference centre but retains much of its old character – see the website http://www.mechanicsinstitute.co.uk

The speaker, Richard Byrom, is the author of a new book “William Fairbairn, the experimental engineer” published by the Railway & Canal Historical Society. Further details about the lecture and the book will be found on the society’s website http://www.rchs.org.uk

The Clinker Memorial Lecture is held annually and is in memory of Charles R Clinker (1906 -1983), a well-known railway and transport historian.
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