Welcome to the Lancaster Engineering Society programme

(First Formed 1946)

2019 Spring Programme

Tuesday 15th January 2019

73rd Annual General Meeting

Nominations are invited from members for all officer and committee member posts shown. Please forward these to the Secretary by midnight on Friday 11th January. Any items which members would like to raise under AOB should be advised to the Secretary by the same date.

The AGM will be followed by

"Engineering Design of Base Camp" by John Blowes (Past-President)

No, not the Everest Base Camp, but just as daunting in its own way. John takes us through the structural and thermal design of the new 1st Carnforth Scouts building in Carnforth, with its disabled facilities, climbing wall and under floor air source heating.


Tuesday 19th February 2019


The following meeting is currently being arranged, but some final details are awaited


Tuesday 19th March 2019


The following meeting is currently being arranged, but some final details are awaited


Tuesday 16th April 2019

"Approaching Absolute Zero - The What, The How, The Why"

by Ian Bradley, (former Reader in Low Temperature Physics, Lancaster University)

It is well known that at low temperatures the properties of materials change dramatically, hence the interest in superconductors some while back. This interest has not waned, merely shifted slightly, and downward in temperature. Ian will explain and explore the area in which he has led research at Lancaster (one of the foremost centres in Europe for low temperature physics).

The May meeting

Will be a trip to a place of engineering and general interest – if you have any suggestions, please forward them to Peter Wiltshire.

Visitors are welcome to join us.


General matters:

A reminder-if you move house or E Mail address, please let the Secretary know so that you are kept in touch with events.(thank you to those who have done recently)

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday in the month, at the Bare Village Club, Bare, starting at 7.30 pm. Visitors are always welcome to attend our meetings free of charge for the first three visits. Please note personal membership details are kept confidentially on computer, and will not be passed to any third party without your permission. Wherever possible, we communicate by email, this being the cheapest method, so it is important that we have your up-to-date email details. Members not on email are contacted by post.

Further information about the Society can be obtained from the Secretary by telephone (01524-823328) by email to les.secretary@yahoo.com, or from the Website www.lancasterengineeringsociety.org.uk For address or other changes (including advice of change in email address) please send details to the Secretary, 1 Tarnbrook Close, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth LA5 8LZ or email to les.secretary@yahoo.com

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Recent Talks


A Tale of Two Observatories - Dr Keith Robinson

The Thirlmere Hundreds - John Butcher

The Love Life of John O'Gaunt - Dr Graham Kemp

Managing Geotechnical uncertainty - Dr Jason Le Masurier

The Lune Aqueduct - by Stephen Higham and Richard Trevitt

The Hubble Space Telescope 21st Anniversary - Dermot Gethings

Spadeadam Hazardous Testing Centre - David Brown

Gas Exploration and Production - Paul Matich

Wind Farm Development-West of Duddon Sands-

Morecambe Bay - underwater safari - Gordon Fletcher

The Titanic - John Murray

Flood recovery and Prevention Paul Bond

Rouges and Villains at Lancaster Castle-Dr Graham Kemp

The Halton Lune Hydro Project-John Blowes

North West Electrification - Ryan Scott

Morecambe Bay Gas Field - Graham Sheedy

National Grid 400KV main upgrade - Chris Welland

Advances in underground rescues - Graham Hale

Small Scale Engineering and Development of Cinderbarrow Site - Geoff Martell

Communications-Andrew Scarr and Tim Unstone

The Heysham to M6 Link Road Construction Project - Anthony Crossley (Costain PLC)

Bells and Bell Ringing-Engineering, History and Practice - Ron East

RSGB-one hundred years on by Mike Sherriff and Amateur Radion Communications - Andrew Scarr and Tim Unstone

Unmanned Air Systems - Chris Gartside

Buses on the Brain - a serious affliction - Peter Smalley

Modern Brewing - Matt Jackson

Bridge construction - a historical review - Jim O'Neil

Future developments in nuclear power - Graig Simpson

The Rosetta Project and Philae the Comet Lander-Stuart Atkinson

Combat Bridging Solutions- WOI Kevin Cameron and SSgt Paul Carter

Engineering Training Today-James Meil and Andy Pyle

The challenge of the Matador Peter Foster

The Electrical Aftermath of Storm Desmond - Martin Collin and Ian Parker (ENWL)

3D printing techology and demonstration - Jonathan Howard

19th Century Rifle Volunteer and their legacy in the Lake District------Dr Darran Ansell

Mars Rovers- Stuart Atkinson

My life and Loves -Peter Yates

Life with Morecambe and Wise-Michael Fountain

Graphene and its developing Uses -Dr Darren Ansell

Greyhound Bridge Overhaul-David Griffiths.

"B4RN" -David Ryall

A Life in Auctioneering-Bill Nelson