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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


Go to Reports on Past Visits

Forthcoming Events -

Friday, 19 July 2019 - Quarterly Meeting 1.00pm - The Old Girl's School, Sherburn in Elmet

Meeting

We will be holding our combined
SciTech and Serendipity Quarterly meeting on
Friday 19th July 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.


Monday, 22 July 2019 - Allerton Waste Recovery Park 2.00pm - Allerton Park, Knaresborough

This visit is now fully subscribed.
Scroll down to see details of the visit on 14th August

Science and Technology

Allerton Waste Recovery Park, located near Knaresborough, has been open since March 2018 and uses the latest state-of-the-art technologies to recycle a large proportion of rubbish from homes in York and North Yorkshire.

It is operated, by Amey PLC, in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council.

A reduction of the amount household waste ending up in county landfill sites by 90% has been achieved.

The waste collected and recovered is used to generate sufficient energy to supply the equivalent of 40,000 houses.

We hope to learn how we can more effectively reduce and recycle our waste to our mutual benefit.

Our visit will last about two hours, commencing at 2.00 pm.

We will be car sharing from The Eversley Park Centre. Meeting there at 1.00 pm

Visitor group numbers are limited to 15 for each visit, however we may be able to arrange another visit if we are oversubscribed.

Visitors will be required to agree to and sign the visitor agreement.

Download Visitor Agreement

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

Allerton Waste Recovery Park
Visitor Centre (Claro House)
Knaresborough
North Yorkshire
HG5 0SD

Map

Download Directions

More information here

Download a leaflet here

More information on waste and recycling from North Yorkshire County Council here


Tuesday, 30 July 2019 - Kelham Island Museum and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet 9.00am - Sheffield

Steel

Come and see all about Sheffield’s industrial story.

‘Made in Sheffield’ is known worldwide as a mark of craftsmanship and quality.

See the story from early industrialisation to modern times, and how it forged the city of today and its impact on the modern world!.

Kelham Island Museum and The Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet are unique heritage sites revealing information about the growth of the steel city.

The interactive galleries at Kelham Island Museum tell the story of the skilled workmanship and light trades.

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is an 18th century scythe and steelworks showing a unique portrayal of life at home and at work.

Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust manages Kelham Island Museum and The Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, since it's formation in 1998.

The new The Millowners Arms gallery, has a traditional bar and celebrates Sheffield’s Brewing heritage from once being the biggest brewing city in England to its now numerous microbreweries today.

Complete with a working bar and a fireplace rescued from the Travellers Pub in Wadsley Bridge, the Arms even has a Yorkshire Dart Board.

Abbeydale Works once produced of agricultural tools and was the largest water-powered industrial site on the River Sheaf.

You can see the Worker's Cottage and Managers House, steam engine, workshops, waterwheels, tilt hammers, as well as the last complete surviving crucible steel furnace in the UK!

There is so much more to see, making the list too long to show here. See their website.

We may be able to travel by coach if we get sufficient interest, otherwise we will be car sharing.

Combined admission prices for both the Kelham Island Museum and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet are:

  • Adults £13.00
  • Concessions £10.45
  • Groups £8.50
  • Optional Highlights Tour of the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is an additional £4.00

33 places reserved

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

For more information see Sheffield Museum Trust website here.

Sheffield Museum Trust on Facebook

Download a leaflet in pdf here.

Kelham Island Museum
Alma Stree
Knaresborough
South Yorkshire
S3 8RY

Map

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Abbeydale Road South
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S7 2QW

Map


Wednesday, 14 August 2019 - Allerton Waste Recovery Park 2.00pm - Allerton Park, Knaresborough

As our three previous visits are fully subscribed,
here are details of a fourth visit on 14th August.

Science and Technology

Allerton Waste Recovery Park, located near Knaresborough, has been open since March 2018 and uses the latest state-of-the-art technologies to recycle a large proportion of rubbish from homes in York and North Yorkshire.

It is operated, by Amey PLC, in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council.

A reduction of the amount household waste ending up in county landfill sites by 90% has been achieved.

The waste collected and recovered is used to generate sufficient energy to supply the equivalent of 40,000 houses.

We hope to learn how we can more effectively reduce and recycle our waste to our mutual benefit.

Our visit will last about two hours, commencing at 2.00 pm.

We will be car sharing from The Eversley Park Centre. Meeting there at 1.00 pm

Visitor group numbers are limited to 15 for each visit, however we may be able to arrange another visit if we are oversubscribed.

Visitors will be required to agree to and sign the visitor agreement.

Download Visitor Agreement

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

Allerton Waste Recovery Park
Visitor Centre (Claro House)
Knaresborough
North Yorkshire
HG5 0SD

Map

Download Directions

More information here

Download a leaflet here

More information on waste and recycling from North Yorkshire County Council here


Wednesday, 21 August 2019 - Amazon Fulfilment Centre 12.30pm - Doncaster

Amazon

Amazon operate one of their many fulfilment centre’s at Doncaster

Come and see how they dispatch thousands of items.

The tour starts at 12.30 pm and will last about 1 hour.

We propose calling at The Toby Carvery at Edenthorpe on our return for lunch, which is about 15 minutes’ drive from the Amazon Fulfilment Centre.

We will be car sharing from The Eversley Park Centre. Meeting there at 11.30 pm

30 of the 30 places available have been reserved.

If you wish to have your name added the list, please email:
alex@sherburnu3a.org

About Amazon Fulfilment Centre

Amazon Fulfilment Crenre
Plot IP1
New Rossington
Doncaster
South Yorkshire
DN11 0BG

Download a map to the fulfilment centre

Toby Carvery Edenthorpe
Lyndale Avenue
Doncaster
South Yorkshire
DN3 2QT

Toby Carvery Edenthorpe

Map


Tuesday, 17 September 2019 - Drax Power Station 1.30pm - Drax

Drax Power Station

Drax is enabling a lower cost zero-carbon energy future

Come and see how Drax are generating electricity.

Their goals are:

  • A zero carbon economy
  • A lower cost energy system
  • Greater security and control

Drax opened in 1974 and began generating electricity with one 660MW set and was the most advanced and efficient coal fired power station so far built in the UK

Officially opened in 1975 and running three generating set producing just under 2,000MW.

In 1986 Drax doubled it's capacity and became the largest power station in the UK

Come and listen to the rest of the story up to date

Important Tour Information

  • Tours will take approx. 2 – 2.5 hours
  • We will be accompanied by at least two fully trained tour guides
  • Personal Protection Equipment is provided for us
  • We will be asked to conform to safety procedures and instructions while on site
  • Tours will include climbing stairs and similar activities – sturdy shoes and comfortable clothing are recommended
  • Remember, Drax Power Station is an operational site, so please don’t bring too much baggage with you

We will be car sharing from The Eversley Park Centre. Meeting there at 1.00 pm

All 30 places reserved

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

Drax Power Station
Selby
North Yorkshire
YO8 8PH
Tel: 01757 618 381

Map

Drax Power Station

Download Risk Assessment and Disclaimer Form

Download Nut Allergy Visitor Information


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 -

Beamish Open Air Museum - Festival of the 50's - July 2019 (report by Alex Svenson)

Allerton Waste Recovery Park - June 2019 (report by Lorna Pope)

Allerton Waste Recovery Park visit - May 2019 (report by Barrie Wharton)

Sound Leisure Classic Jukeboxes - May 2019 (report by Alex Svenson)

Beamish Open Air Museum - Georgian Fair - May 2019 (report by Alex Svenson)

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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