Bishop Auckland & District

Science, Engineering & Technol

CONTACT:John
Email:Click on the bird
WHERE:Various venues
WHEN:Announced at the monthly meeting. This group also has a table at the monthly meeting.

This popular group started up mid-2018 and had been running for around 18 months before Covid-19 intervened. It has now started up again and a programme is coming together for 2021/2022 with 7 events confirmed and more to follow. Some of the visit formats have had to change due to Covid and members of this group will be doing different things, sometimes by coach. This requires a different financial structure and £3 annual subs are being introduced this year.

The full title of the group is "Science, Engineering and Technology". The group visits industrial facilities of interest and is open to any ideas for talks or educational opportunities within this broad remit. The group leader(s) will coordinate the timetable with members responsible for arranging the visits. Usually members car share to get to and from the venue with costs being appropriately shared but some trips via coach are also planned for 2022. Sometimes there are 2 shorter events in one day with refreshments at a suitable time. In this case members choose what they want to eat and drink and pay for themselves.

Places we have been to date include Elddis Caravans and Motorhomes, EBAC, Durham Miners Hall, Northumbrian Water, Nissan, NELSAM, Bowes Railway Museum, Path Head Water Mill, York Railway Museum, Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station, and more.

The 2021/2022 plan to date is as follows: -
National Glass Centre Thursday, 25th November 2021 - A car-share visit to the National Glass Centre in Sunderland 10 am until 1 pm NELSAM with a glass-blowing demonstration at 12 noon. The remaining time is free to view the current glass display, visit the shop, and to have an early lunch. We then transfer to NELSAM (North East Land Sea & Air Museum) for a tour of the site that includes a wide range of military and commercial exhibits.

Thursday, 3rd March 2022 - Discovery Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
A visit to discover the fascinating Engineering and Technology developed within the region such as the first windscreen wipers, matches, electric lights, steam turbines and steam powered ships.

At the forefront of Railway Technology and the Coal Mining Industry the North East has an amazing history which is a feature of exhibits within the museum along with examination of the characters who are associated with the industries. A good example of which is Lord William Armstrong who along with inventing the Hydraulic Crane used to revolutionise loading of Ships was at the forefront of Electric Power Generation. His house Cragside at Rothbury Northumberland has amazing examples of both Electric generation and use, the Worlds first.

This visit will be car share. Meet in the entrance lobby at 11 am. Please click on Discovery Museum to go to the museum website for more information.

Thursday, 21st April Woodhorn Coal Mining Museum
Discover the heritage of the Coal Mining Industry and the lives of the families who formed the communities around the mines.

Insights of the lifestyle of the people of such mining communities along with exemplars of the harsh working conditions endured by the miners are evidenced in the exhibits in the museum. See the wonderful artwork skills of the “Pitman Painters” who were based around the Ashington area of the North East. In 1934 an adult class was formed studying evolution at a Workers Educational Association class. The men declared an interest in studying art as a subject. The net result is some remarkable paintings, sketches all based around what the men knew best, their own lives, people and communities.

This will be car share. Meet in the entrance lobby at 11 am. Please click on Woodhorn to go to the website.

Thursday, 26th May Talk by Dr Bob Pullen (a Brain Research Lecturer to medical personnel in Europe and America) on the subject of "THE SECRETS OF THE BRAIN " This is an interactive group talk on the wonderful gift we all have. It covers research findings on Brain Structure , How Nerves work and Functions of different elements of the Brain including Gender differences. This talk will allow questions to be put to Dr BOB for clarification.

The talk will be FREE to members of the SciEngTec group initially who will be prioritised. Afterwards it will be thrown open to other u3a group members at a cost of £1. It is expected to be very popular and thus potentially number limited.

Thursday 20th October Settle/Carlisle Railway and Ribblehead Viaduct - NEW DATE REARRANGED FOLLOWING JUNE RAIL STRIKE
Share time with other members enjoying the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on the Railway from Kirby Stephen to Settle, part of the Carlisle to Settle Railway famous for being one of the UK’s finest Railway Journeys.

Ribblehead Viaduct Take lots of photos of the Ribblehead Rail Viaduct whilst travelling over and observing it from the valley below. Find out about its construction and the men and community who lived there during the building of the structure. The “Navvies” were hardworking members of society primarily involved in digging out Canals and creating the Railway infrastructure in the Victorian era.

This will be a coach trip and times and meeting point will follow. Click here for a link to the Settle/Carlisle Railway website.

Sunday/Monday 25th/26th September Residential visit to Stirling & Glasgow, Scotland
A joint residential study visit is planned with the Art & Architecture group and the Science, Engineering, & Technology group to Scotland and will be via coach. We shall be visiting the Falkirk Wheel Boat Lift followed by the Kelpies sculptures on the first day before an overnight stay at the King Robert Hotel***, Stirling. On the second day we'll travel to see the Glasgow Transport Museum. The cost is £160 per person with single supplement of £20 (dinner, bed, breakfast), plus entrance fees. A deposit of £50.00 per person is required by the February monthly meeting (February 15th) and the balance will be due by the June meeting (June 21st). See the Art & Architecture group page for further information - https://u3asites.org.uk/bishop-auckland/page/91791

The visit includes highlighting of the machinery constructed to enable canal boats to be lifted without using locks will be seen at the Falkirk Wheel. The Kelpies are an amazing structure of two 30 metres high (100 ft) horse heads which are depicted in Scottish Folklore inhabiting lochs. In the Glasgow Transport Museum see superb examples of all types of wheeled systems from Bicycles through Motor Cycles / Cars/ Lorries/ Trams and Trains. This two day visit is a very comprehensive examination of some of Scotland’s top attractions, not to be missed.
Click Falkirk Wheel to go the Falkirk Boat Wheel website.
Click Kelpies to go to The Kelpies website
Click Glasgow Transport Museum here to find more information on the Museum website

Thursday, 20th October Embsay Steam Railway & Skipton Canal Cruise - POSTPONED TO 2023. THIS DATE WILL NOW BE USED FOR THE SETTLE/CARLISLE & RIBBLEHEAD VIADUCT TRIP
A full day out enjoying a heritage Steam or unique diesel car rail journey on the Embsay Railway Heritage line (near Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire). Then contrast it with a slow canal boat trip down the beautiful Skipton section of the Leeds to Manchester Canal. Take lots of pictures to remember a very distinctive day out in the company of good friends. This will be a coach trip and further details will follow regarding times and meeting place.
Please click Embsay Steam Railway to go to the website
Please click Skipton Canal to go to the Canal website

Further events are being investigated including some talks with a speaker and they will be advised in due course. One event that will hopefully take place sometime in the year is a trip to the Hydrogen Homes exhibition near Gateshead that is managed by Northern Gas Networks "InTEGRel".

Dates for your Diary
Sun Sep 25th
→Mon Sep 26th
Joint study trip with Art & Architecture group.
Thu Oct 20th Settle/Carlisle Railway & Ribblehead Viaduct
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