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Science and Technology

We learn from our visits to a great variety of industrial manufacturing plants, museums university departments and historical locations.

Take a look at our reports on past visits to see the range of interesting places we have been. (click on the link just below the line.)

We have quarterly group meetings to discuss our past outings and to plan future visits.

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Please report any errors, broken links and omissions on this page to alex@sherburnu3a.org


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Forthcoming Events -

Sunday, 14 April 2019 - Beamish Open Air Museum - Great North Steam Fair 8.30am - Beamish

Beamish is a world famous open air museum, The Living Museum Of The North, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s

 

Beamish

 

 

 

Come and be amazed by this collection of steam locomotives, road steam vehicles and motor vehicles as they converge on Beamish Museum for the annual
"Great North Steam Fair"

 

 

 

 

You will see an array of steam and motor transport – from locomotives and traction engines to cars and motorbikes – in action across the museum.

2018, saw the celebration of the centenary of the end of the First World War: This year, The Great North Steam Fair will explore the idea of homecoming and the return of peacetime.

This event, The Great North Steam Fair, is the first of our Great North Festival of Transport which also includes Horses at Work.

For more Great North Steam Fair event information click here

If you wish to have your name added the list of participants, on Sunday 14th April, please email:
alex@sherburnu3a.org

(As this event runs from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th April, you may prefer to arrange your own visit on a day of your choice.)

Dr Frank Atkinson was the inspirational founder of Beamish, a true visionary, without whose amazing passion, determination and creativity the museum wouldn’t exist.

Many new items have been added recently.

You can explore:

And more, far too many to list.

Eating and drinking

Stop off at the Tea Rooms, in the 1900s town, where you’ll find a range of delicious hot and cold meals, using local ingredients where possible, along with mouth-watering cakes, scones, snacks and drinks.

Tea Rooms Sample Menu

Pop into this cosy pub, The Sun Inn in the 1900s town, for a pie and a pint, which serves locally brewed ales and traditional snacks and drinks.

Watch delicious bread, cakes and biscuits being made, in Herron's Bakery, using Edwardian recipes. Why not treat yourself to a freshly-baked treat to take home?

What will you choose, in the Jubilee Sweet Shp in the 1900s town, from the mouth-watering range of traditional sweets? From Beamish mix to bon bons and cinder toffee to strawberries and cream, it’s difficult to decide! You can even see sweets being made.

Enjoy light refreshments from the Sinkers Bait Cabin in the 1900's pit village, which represents the huts used by colliery shaft sinkers.

Sinkers Bait Cabin Sample Menu

Try our famous fish and chips, in Davy's Fried Fish Shop in the 1900's pit village, made in coal-fired ranges using beef dripping and served up in specially-printed newspaper! This working exhibit uses traditional cooking methods, which means there may be queues during busy periods.

British Kitchen, at the 1940s Farm, offers hot and cold snacks and drinks, including special “ration bags” for kids.

British Kitchen Sample Menu

Enjoy tasty light refreshments, including sandwiches and cakes, at the Coffee Shop in our Entrance building.

Coffee Shop Sample Menu

The standard cost of entry is adults £19.00 for adults and seniors (60 years) £14.00, or free to anyone with a valid ticket bought within the last 12 months.

(The cost of group entry, for 15 or more, is £13.00 for adults and seniors (60 years) £11.50)

We will be car sharing from The Eversley Park Centre, or if there are sufficient number of members going a coach can be organised.

The get a far greater idea of what is to be seen, look at the website.

Beamish Open Air Museum
Beamish
County Durham
DH9 0RG
Tel:0191 370 4000

Map

Beamish Open Air Museum


Friday, 3 May 2019 - Quarterly Meeting 1.00pm - The Old Girl's School, Sherburn in Elmet

Meeting

We will be holding our SciTech Quarterly meeting on
Friday 3rd May 2019 at 1.00 pm, in
The Terry Hall, in The Old Girls School, Sherburn in Elmet.

The Old Girl’s School management will provide us with free use of a meeting room if we all buy a tea or coffee, with biscuits, for £2.50 each.

If you would like a slice of cake with your refreshments, at a cost of £1, you will need to pre-order it.

Please email me at: alex@sherburnu3a.org to confirm your attendance and say if you would like to pre-order a slice of cake.

Please confirm your attendance, as soon as possible, so that we can ensure that we have sufficient chairs for you and that we are accommodated in the best size room for our numbers.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.


Sunday, 12 May 2019 - Beamish Open Air Museum - Georgian Fair 8.30am -

Beamish is a world famous open air museum, The Living Museum Of The North, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s

Beamish

 

 

 

Come to the
"Georgian Country Fair"
at Pockerley Waggonway and enjoy the hustle and bustle.

 

 

At this event you:

You will experience a fair like no other as The Squire of Pockerley sets about hiring his staff for the coming months!

Have an amazing experience, everywhere you look there is something fascinating, depicting a really exciting part of our history.

 

 

 

 

 

For more Georgian Country Fair event information click here

 

 

If you wish to have your name added the list of participants, on Sunday 12th May, please email:
alex@sherburnu3a.org

(As this event runs from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May, you may prefer to arrange your own visit on a day of your choice.)

Dr Frank Atkinson was the inspirational founder of Beamish, a true visionary, without whose amazing passion, determination and creativity the museum wouldn’t exist.

Many new items have been added recently.

You can explore:

  • The 1900s town, pit village, school and take a trip down the colliery.
  • The 1940s farm.
  • Rowley Railway Station
  • 1920s Pockerly Old Hall
  • Take a ride on the Pockerly Wagonway
  • Ride on Beamish Tramway and Buses
  • Look into the many old cottages, shops and commercial builings
  • Step "behind the scenes" into the Open Store to see some facinating objects from the past

And more, far too many to list.

Eating and drinking

Stop off at the Tea Rooms, in the 1900s town, where you’ll find a range of delicious hot and cold meals, using local ingredients where possible, along with mouth-watering cakes, scones, snacks and drinks.

Tea Rooms Sample Menu

Pop into this cosy pub, The Sun Inn in the 1900s town, for a pie and a pint, which serves locally brewed ales and traditional snacks and drinks.

Watch delicious bread, cakes and biscuits being made, in Herron's Bakery, using Edwardian recipes. Why not treat yourself to a freshly-baked treat to take home?

What will you choose, in the Jubilee Sweet Shp in the 1900s town, from the mouth-watering range of traditional sweets? From Beamish mix to bon bons and cinder toffee to strawberries and cream, it’s difficult to decide! You can even see sweets being made.

Enjoy light refreshments from the Sinkers Bait Cabin in the 1900's pit village, which represents the huts used by colliery shaft sinkers.

Sinkers Bait Cabin Sample Menu

Try our famous fish and chips, in Davy's Fried Fish Shop in the 1900's pit village, made in coal-fired ranges using beef dripping and served up in specially-printed newspaper! This working exhibit uses traditional cooking methods, which means there may be queues during busy periods.

British Kitchen, at the 1940s Farm, offers hot and cold snacks and drinks, including special “ration bags” for kids.

British Kitchen Sample Menu

Enjoy tasty light refreshments, including sandwiches and cakes, at the Coffee Shop in our Entrance building.

Coffee Shop Sample Menu

The standard cost of entry is adults £19.00 for adults and seniors (60 years) £14.00, or free to anyone with a valid ticket bought within the last 12 months.

(The cost of group entry, for 15 or more, is £13.00 for adults and seniors (60 years) £11.50)

We will be car sharing from The Eversley Park Centre, or if there are sufficient number of members going a coach can be organised.

The get a far greater idea of what is to be seen, look at the website.

Beamish Open Air Museum
Beamish
County Durham
DH9 0RG
Tel:0191 370 4000

Map

Beamish Open Air Museum


Sunday, 14 July 2019 - Beamish Open Air Museum - Festival of the 50's 8.30am - Beamish

Beamish is a world famous open air museum, The Living Museum Of The North, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s

Beamish

 

 

Come and enjoy the
“Festival of the 50’s”
event on Sunday 14th July

 

At this event you can:

Be transported back to the days of Teddy boys, Pathé News and petticoats at our Festival of 50s.

Dig out your 50s finery and rock ‘n’ roll along to this fabulous celebration of all things 50s. Enjoy some fantastic 50s food, fashion and fun.

 

 

For more “Festival of the 50’s” event information click here

 

 

If you wish to have your name added the list of participants, on Sunday 14th July, please email:
alex@sherburnu3a.org

(As this event runs from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July, you may prefer to arrange your own visit on a day of your choice.)

Dr Frank Atkinson was the inspirational founder of Beamish, a true visionary, without whose amazing passion, determination and creativity the museum wouldn’t exist.

Many new items have been added recently.

You can explore:

  • The 1900s town, pit village, school and take a trip down the colliery.
  • The 1940s farm.
  • Rowley Railway Station
  • 1920s Pockerly Old Hall
  • Take a ride on the Pockerly Wagonway
  • Ride on Beamish Tramway and Buses
  • Look into the many old cottages, shops and commercial builings
  • Step "behind the scenes" into the Open Store to see some facinating objects from the past

And more, far too many to list.

Eating and drinking

Stop off at the Tea Rooms, in the 1900s town, where you’ll find a range of delicious hot and cold meals, using local ingredients where possible, along with mouth-watering cakes, scones, snacks and drinks.

Tea Rooms Sample Menu

Pop into this cosy pub, The Sun Inn in the 1900s town, for a pie and a pint, which serves locally brewed ales and traditional snacks and drinks.

Watch delicious bread, cakes and biscuits being made, in Herron's Bakery, using Edwardian recipes. Why not treat yourself to a freshly-baked treat to take home?

What will you choose, in the Jubilee Sweet Shp in the 1900s town, from the mouth-watering range of traditional sweets? From Beamish mix to bon bons and cinder toffee to strawberries and cream, it’s difficult to decide! You can even see sweets being made.

Enjoy light refreshments from the Sinkers Bait Cabin in the 1900's pit village, which represents the huts used by colliery shaft sinkers.

Sinkers Bait Cabin Sample Menu

Try our famous fish and chips, in Davy's Fried Fish Shop in the 1900's pit village, made in coal-fired ranges using beef dripping and served up in specially-printed newspaper! This working exhibit uses traditional cooking methods, which means there may be queues during busy periods.

British Kitchen, at the 1940s Farm, offers hot and cold snacks and drinks, including special “ration bags” for kids.

British Kitchen Sample Menu

Enjoy tasty light refreshments, including sandwiches and cakes, at the Coffee Shop in our Entrance building.

Coffee Shop Sample Menu

The standard cost of entry is adults £19.00 for adults and seniors (60 years) £14.00, or free to anyone with a valid ticket bought within the last 12 months.

(The cost of group entry, for 15 or more, is £13.00 for adults and seniors (60 years) £11.50)

We will be car sharing from The Eversley Park Centre, or if there are sufficient number of members going a coach can be organised.

The get a far greater idea of what is to be seen, look at the website.

Beamish Open Air Museum
Beamish
County Durham
DH9 0RG
Tel:0191 370 4000

Map

Beamish Open Air Museum


Friday, 11 October 2019 - Scottish Scientific Adventure 8.00am - Kingussie

Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie

90 members are coming with us on our
Scottish Scientific Adventure to Kingussie.

We are now taking names to add to the waiting list,
in the event of cancellations.

Duke of Gordon Hotel

A SciTech visit to experience various forms of scientific phenomena and technologies

This itinerary will give us an insight into many scientific disciplines, including Criminology.

Highlights will include a visit to the historic Stanley Mills, a
Murder Mystery Evening
,
and a scenic cruise.

See additional information lower down about some of the places we will visit.

The event details are:

Travel
Return travel by luxury coach, leaving on Friday 11th October 2019

Accommodation
4 nights at the 3 star Duke of Gordon Hotel

Food and Drink
Daily Buffet Breakfast
3 five course evening meals and 1 Lairds carving buffet

Cost
£199.00 per person sharing a double or twin room, £32.00 single supplement

Deposit
£50.00 per person

Itinerary (provisional)

  • South Perthshire Stanley Mills and enjoy a high tech visitor experience.
  • Cairn O’Mohr Winery
  • Inverness and cruise the wonderful Moray Firth coastline, with its abundance of wildlife including herons, seals, otters and the Moray Firth dolphins, then on to Inverness for a chance to explore this historic city. (A small extra charge will apply).
  • Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum.
  • Murder Mystery themed dinner on one evening.

If you would like to have your name added to the waiting list please email: alex@sherburnu3a.org

Additional event information

Stanley Mills

Stanley Mills was established as a cotton mill by local merchants and is one the best-preserved relics of the 18th-century Industrial Revolution.

Support for the project came from English cotton baron Richard Arkwright.

For 200 years, textiles were produced here.

Built at a hairpin bend in the River Tay in 1786, where enormous amount of water-power was available.

Power was initially provided by water wheels, and latterly by electricity generated by water-powered turbines.

Over the years and as the markets changed, new technologies were developed and the mill underwent many changes as buildings were added, demolished, opened, and shut-down and in some cases re-opened.

The Visitor Centre has superb interactive displays to enable you to learn the story of how the mill harnessed the power and energy of the river Tay and just how the machinery turned raw cotton into products to be sold around the world.

Click here for Stanley Mills website

Cairn O’Mohr Winery

Cairn O’Mohr Winery is set in amongst the rich fields and the hedge fringed country roads of the Carse of Gowrie, Perthshire.

This Scottish Winery has been brewing juicy-fruity, berry loaded, blossom scented, leafy layered, award winning country wines since 1987.

They use locally sourced berries for which the area is famous, wild flowers, fruits and leaves.

Their production also includes, sparkling wines, ciders and bourtree juices.

Click here for Cairn O’Mohr Winery website

The Highland Folk Museum

The Highland Folk Museum located at Newtonmore in the Scottish Highlands amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

They aim to provide our visitors with an idea of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1950s

There are over 30 historical buildings, furnished appropriate to their time period.

Some of the buildings have been built on site and some re-located from elsewhere.

The museum site is a mile long with our 1700s Township (featuring 6 houses) at one end through to our 1930s working croft at the other end.

Click here for the Highland Folk Museum website

On a point of interest, the ‘Murder Mystery’ actors are flown in on the day from London!

Duke of Gordon Hotel
Newtonmore Road
Kingussie
Inverness-Shire
PH21 1HE
Scotland
01540 661 302

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Click here for the Duke of Gordon hotel website



Group Leader(s)

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  • Alex Svenson
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 683514
  • 07712 649886
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  • David Mills
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 680424
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  • Barrie Wharton
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 682527
  • 07870 753259
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  • Sue Auders
  • Mail Address
  • 01757 228405

Reports on past visits -

The Earth in my pocket: an introduction to Geology - January 2019 (report by David Mills)

University of York Biology Department - December 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Trolley Bus Museum - November 2018 (report by David Mills )

Hat Works - Stockport - October 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Terracotta Warriors - August 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Beamish Open Air Museum - Festival of the 50's - July 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Sound Leisure Classic Jukeboxes - June 2018 (report by Douglas Robinson)

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker - May 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

University of York Chemistry Department - April 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Maltings Organic Treatment - August 2017 (report by David Mills)

Stockbridge Technology Centre - July 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

University of York - Department of Electronic Engineering - June 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Beamish Open Air Museum - June 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Crich Tramway Village - May 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Macclesfield Silk Museum and Paradise Mill - April 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Thackray Medical Museum - March 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Beamish Open Air Museum and the Angel of the North - October 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Black Sheep Brewery - August 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Sci-Tech Group Visit to Edinburgh and Falkirk - April 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Discovery Museum - March 2016 (report by Lorna Pope)

The Gamelan Musical Instrument - March 2016 (report by Francis Newton)

Incredible Indigo - February 2016 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Bradford Industrial Museum and the National Media Museum - November 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Village - October 2015 (report by Lorna Pope)

Black Country Living Museum - September 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

DNA Fingerprinting - September 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Quarry Bank Mill - July 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Museum of Science and Industry - May 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

RAF Scampton Museum - April 2015 (report by Lorna Pope)

National Space Centre - March 2015 (report by Lorna Pope)

Drax Power Station - February 2015

Ironbridge Weekend - October 2014

DNA Fingerprinting - September 2014

Jodrell Bank - August 2014 (report by Lorna Pope)

Department of Music - March 2014

Liverpool - November 2013

Wakefield Rhubarb Festival - February 2013

Castle Museum York - January 2013

Hull Museums and Old Town Tour - November 2012

Castleton Bakewell Blue John Cavern - September 2012

Anderton Boat Lift - July 2012

Yorkshire Air Museum - June 2012

David Mellor Design - May 2012

Eden Camp - April 2012

World Of Glass - March 2012

Jorvik And Barley Hall - February 2012

National Coal Mining Museum - January 2012

Saltaire - October 2011

Hatworks And Stockport - September 2011

Streetlife - August 2011

Beamish - July 2011

Black Sheep Brewery - June 2011

Wensleydale Creamery and Gayle Mill - May 2011

Thackray - April 2011

Drax Power Station - March 2011

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