On Saturday October 19th 2019, commencing at 10:00am (registration and refreshments from 9:30am), at Ravenshead Village Hall.
George Rogers: The Cromford Canal
Since the 18th Century, canals have been an integral part of the UK landscape. Initially for transporting cargoes, most canals fell into decline with the advent of the railway and many were abandoned by the early 20th Century. Since the 1960s, a growing awareness of the historical importance of canals, along with their potential for tourism, has led to a substantial restoration movement. The Friends of the Cromford Canal are seeking to restore the canal to its former glory. George Rogers, chair of the FCC Strategic Restoration Committee, will take you through some of the challenges of this ambitious project
John Vanags: Wheels in Mansfield
Mansfield was originally the terminus of the Mansfield and Pinxton Railway, built as a horse-drawn plateway in 1819 and one of the first acquisitions of the newly formed Midland Railway. The town also has the distinction of being home to businesses involved in the manufacture of the penny-farthing bicycle that was most used between the time of the introduction of the French mass produced chain-driven bicycle Boneshaker in 1860s and the English “safety bicycle” in 1880s.
Prof. Michael Wilkinson: The History of Motor Car Manufacturing in Nottinghamshire
Motor cars have been manufactured in Nottinghamshire for more than 100 years, with at least twenty-three manufacturers involved, including three big names. Car manufacturing had strong links with the production of bicycles and motorcycles with emphasis on quality not quantity. Two world wars and economic depression combined to arrest large-scale car manufacturing in the county. Since the 1970s production in Nottinghamshire has comprised specialist, low-volume cars including reproduction vehicles and sports cars.
Bob Massey: A Road by any Name
From the times when our early ancestors followed animals along the tracks they made through the forest, to the building of our motorways, man has had to move from one place to another. Whether this has been for food, for business or for pleasure he has wanted to travel quickly to get to his objective. This then is the story of how man-made ways, in all their forms over the centuries, have allowed mankind to move around and by so doing change society along their way.
£8.00 for NLHA members and £9.00 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased in advance from: Mr David Anderson, 35 Sycamore Road, East Leake, Loughborough, LE12 6PP Telephone 01509 820067 email firstname.lastname@example.org