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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, 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)

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


Friday, 18 October 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 18th October 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.

Please email me at: alex@sherburnu3a.org to confirm your attendance.

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, 2 December 2019 - Drax Power Station 1.00pm - Drax

A new date of Monday 2nd December 2019

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
  • There will be walking and climbing to a height of 23 feet / 7 metres, up staircases with safety rails

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU:

  • WEAR SENSIBLE AND STURDY SHOES. FULL FOOT COVERAGE, NO HEELS (INCLUDING WEDGES).
  • WEAR LONG SLEEVED GARMENTS AND ALWAYS WEAR TROUSERS.
  • WEAR THE PERSONAL, PROTECTIVE, EQUIPMENT PROVIDED AT ALL TIMES UNLESS INSTRUCTED OTHERWISE BY YOUR TOUR GUIDE.
  • LISTEN TO THE INSTRUCTIONS OF YOUR TOUR GUIDE AT ALL TIMES.
  • STAY WITH YOUR GROUP.
  • BE ALERT TO YOUR SURROUNDINGS.

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON'T:

  • RUN WHILST ON SITE
  • BEHAVE BADLY OR PLAY THE FOOL
  • IGNORE ANY INSTRUCTIONS
  • WANDER AWAY FROM YOUR GROUP
  • WALK WHILST TAKING PHOTO’S
  • TAKE PHOTOS IN THE CONTROL ROOM
  • EAT OR DRINK WHILST ON A TOUR

NUT ALLERGY INFORMATION

Peanut shell pellets are made up of the bits of shell left once the peanut has been removed. The goal of the production process is 0% peanut content in the pellet. The plants separate the peanuts from the shells with aspirators (a bit like a stone trap); the heavier peanuts fall away from the lighter shells. To ensure complete separation there is a 'meat' (peanut) reclaimer at the final stage of the process to remove any last trace of nut content.

Whilst every effort has been made to remove the nut content completely, there may still be a minimal risk of exposure.

If any members of our group have any concerns, please contact the guide team through:

Email – tours@drax.com or Tel – 01757 612797

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

30 places available

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



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 -

Amazon Fulfilment Centre - August 2019 (report by Alex Svenson)

Kelham Island Museum and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet - July 2019

Allerton Waste Recovery Park - July 2019 (report by Brian Lawrence)

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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