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KAS will host SERIAC 2019 Conference 13th April 2019

South East Region Industrial Archaeology Conference

KAS will be hosting the South East Region Industrial Archaeology Conference 2019. 

The event will be held on April 13th at Dartford Grammar School.
Full details from Mike Clinch.  Mike Clinch

SERIAC 2019 Flyer and Booking Form

Kent Archaeological Society
South East Region Industrial Archaeology Conference
At Dartford Grammar School, West Hill Dartford DA1 2HW
Saturday April 13
th, 2019

9am to 9.30
9.30 to 9.40
9.40 to 10.25
Arrival and Registration
Opening & Welcome Mike Clinch Vice President K.A.S
Dr Simon Elliot “From Ragstone to Riches.”

This talk will explain how this industry came to be, how the quarries were operated, how the stone was transported, and finally what became
of the industry. From the mid-1st century AD to the mid-3rd century AD much of the building stone for
Roman London a and the south east of the province was provided by five enormous ragstone quarries
in the upper Medway Valley. One of these quarries, running alongside Dean Street from Coxheath to
Tovil for 2.6km, was a candidate to be the largest man-made hole in Roman Europe. This industry
thrived for 200 years, under the management of the Classis Britannica regional navy in Britain.

10. 25 to 11.1 Terry Bird “Tutsham Mill,” a linseed crushing plant on the banks of the upper
River. Medway which burnt d own in 1885. Terry will cover: the interchange of technology with the US
in the late 19th century (article in Scientific American with details of machinery); the ownership and
development by Charles Middleton, Barham (First Sea Lord in 1805); the design by John Rennie
(famous civil engineer);

11.10 to 11.25
11.25 to 12.10
Comfort Break
Robert Hall “Sound Mirrors"

Prior to the development of radar, acoustic techniqueswere the most promising means of detecting approaching aircraft and airships, culminating in the
design of 200ft concrete
sound mirrors. Whereas the sound mirror sites at Dungeness, Hythe and
Joss Gap have been well-documented, other sites have had less attention. This talk discusses
sound mirrors at Fan Bay, East of Dover and some recent research on how they fit in with the
developments during and just after WW1.

12.10 to 12.55 Tim Allen, Senior Project Manager at Oxford Archaeology. “The excavation and
recording of the Castle Hill brick and tile works alongside the A21 near Tonbridge, Kent”.
work was undertaken in advance of the A21 Tonbridge to Pembury Duelling scheme carried out by
Balfour Beatty on behalf of Highways England, and Oxford Archaeology undertook the archaeological
mitigation, which for the 19th century brickworks comprised 3 kilns, a making shed, 5 drying sheds and
two pugmills, as well as clay pits and ponds.

1pm to 2pm
2.15 to 3pm
Lunch. lunch is available if pre-booked. It will not be possible to order lunch on the
Elizabeth Walker “ Short Brothers Aviation at Rochester

My talk is about The Lives and Works of the Short Brothers, Pioneering Aeronautical and Balloon Engineers and
Manufactures. It also covers their progress in design and manufacture of aircraft until 1947, and
covers many innovative and ground breaking contributions to aviation history.

3pm to 3.45 Petra Cox. Learning and Outreach Officer. Crossness Engines Trust.
Crossness Engines” Built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette and opened in 1865. Crossness pumping
station features some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork found in the world
today as well as the pumping engines carefully restored by the trust members

3.45 to 4.30 Tim Belcher-Whyte MA CEng MICE Bridge Engineer to the Rochester Bridge
There has been a bridge crossing the river Medway at Rochester since Roman times. This talk
explores the history and construction of the structures that have provided safe passage for travellers
and the challenges of maintaining them through the ages.

Booking Information Tickets for the conference are available from:- Mike Clinch, 27 Redhouse
Lane, Bexleyheath,Kent, DA6 8JF. Telephone 02083048359. Mobile 07803044246
Cost £12 if pre-booked or £15 on the day. Lunch is available at a cost of £10. Lunch must be
Please make cheques payable to K.A.S. For direct bank transfer information please e-mail

Contact email
Mike Clinch
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