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alsinaj
03-11-2015, 12:52 PM
A machinist friend of mine who got hooked on Fred Dibnah videos has proposed that we make a 10-day tour of points of interest in the UK: technology museums, steam railways, old mills & factories, etc. I get the impression there is a lot to see in the UK, but I'm not familiar with the country. Suggestions will be much appreciated.

LKeithR
03-11-2015, 01:38 PM
One word...."Kempton"...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuHJBIMj_rs

jep24601
03-11-2015, 02:08 PM
Anson Engine Museum

http://www.enginemuseum.org/

The employees/curators of the museum of former employees of local engine manufacturers.

Anderton Boat Lift

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/Anderton-boat-lift

Video Man
03-11-2015, 03:11 PM
London Museum of Water and Steam, Greendragon Lane, Brentford, London. It's on the north side of the Thames across from Kew Gardens. And the National Railway Museum, at York.

hermetic
03-11-2015, 05:27 PM
Kelham Island in Sheffield, is good for machinery and machine tools!

willmac
03-11-2015, 05:42 PM
If you like Fred Dibnah videos you will definitely enjoy our mill engine museum. Fred was our honorary president. If you can time a visit to one of our steaming days you will see a wide variety of large engines running in steam. See this site for details:

http://www.nmes.org/

Entry is fee of charge. If you can't make one of those dates come any Sunday or Wednesday - we will be working on the engines but not under steam. If your friend introduces himself, I will give him a guided tour.

John Stevenson
03-11-2015, 08:02 PM
Ironbridge gorge near Telford.

The birthplace of the industrial revolution. That says it all.

Baz
03-11-2015, 08:03 PM
If you haven't been to the UK before you should visit Cambridge (far better than Oxford) which also has a small industrial museum at the pumping station with a chimney which I saw Fred half way up when he was filming for some early mobile phone adverts. It's by the river so depending on date you might see some rowing eights.
Also look up Great Dorset Steam fair and some of the other steam rallies to see a whole lot of vintage UK style machinery. Knebworth has a rally and a stately home to go round.
Bear in mind the distances might seem small compared to the states but travel is slow.

jep24601
03-11-2015, 09:47 PM
After London the towns usually considered worth seeing are Bath, York and Edinburgh. Cute villages abound - Broadway in the Cotswolds is quintessential.

alsinaj
03-11-2015, 10:07 PM
Willmac - Thanks for the invitation. You're on our list. JA

Euph0ny
03-12-2015, 04:20 AM
You'll find a nearly complete Dibnah video library here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/strangevideoman/videos

In most of the clips, the original BBC credits have been left in at the end - if vou jump to the last few seconds of each video, you'll find the "with thanks to..." credit, which mentions the places, many of them museums, that Dibnah featured in that episode. Take notes, then google the names to see if they are still open to visitors...

Sounds like a fantastic trip. I would recommend not missing the science museum in London. If you're in Edinburgh, they have some super Victorian technology on exhibit at the municipal museumm there too.

camdigger
03-12-2015, 05:40 AM
Hmm, London Museum of Science. Great historical steam engines from Newcomen to the double acting Snow. Aerospace stuff in another area. Some great models illustrating basic principles. Not far from the Natural History museum.

RobWilson
03-13-2015, 06:36 AM
Hmm, London Museum of Science. Great historical steam engines from Newcomen to the double acting Snow. Aerospace stuff in another area. Some great models illustrating basic principles. Not far from the Natural History museum.

Its and absolute joke of a national museum , compared to the national engineering museums of the continent ,Berlin, Paris,Munich ,Vienna .
It has a gift shop the that would rival Tesco,s or Adsa , the steam engines are poorly displaced , Maudslays table engine rammed into a corner . Everything dumbed down (kidafied) ,,,,,,,,,,hundreds of kids about ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and the reason its FREE ! . rant over .


Tower Bridge museum is interesting , also Crossness pumping station . http://www.crossness.org.uk/ .


Rob

willmac
03-13-2015, 07:43 AM
You might enjoy seeing this engine running:

http://www.ellenroad.org.uk/

Still in its own engine house and an impressive sight under steam.

I take Rob's point about the dumbing down of many of our museums. but the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester is still worth a visit.

http://www.mosi.org.uk/explore-mosi.aspx

You mentioned old mills in your first post. The UK cotton textile industry was based in Lancashire with towns generally specialising in spinning or weaving. Just one town, Oldham, had mills containing over 16 million running spindles in about 360 large mills running day and night. The output of this one small town was greater than the whole of the the other countries in Europe combined. The Lancashire textile industry drove the entire UK economy for a long time. You can still see some of these mills, but nearly all have been demolished or converted to other purposes. As the industry grew, the newer mills were designed by specialist architects and have a character all of their own. You can still see some of these buildings in Lancashire towns, so if this is what you would like, let me know and I will suggest an itinerary.

You can see see a preserved weaving shed at Queen Street mill in Burnley.

http://www.visitlancashire.com/things-to-do/queen-street-mill-textile-museum-p7837#

All the sites that I have suggested are located quite close together so you could get around them by car from Manchester (or anywhere in the area) very easily.

John Stevenson
03-13-2015, 08:27 AM
I agree with Rob, the Science museum is no longer worth a visit.
What was the top floor and put over to aircraft hanging from the ceiling and engines all over the place is now open plan with 3 large tables, each holding 3 computer workstations where you can learn about renewable energy.

Hang on it's a freeking museum, renewable energy is current not something that is part of our heritage and why can't you do this at home instead of taking up an entire floor.

Wonder who's paying for that pony and trap show ??

willmac
03-13-2015, 08:35 AM
What was the top floor and put over to aircraft hanging from the ceiling and engines all over the place is now open plan with 3 large tables, each holding 3 computer workstations where you can learn about renewable energy.


I didn't know they had done that. What a terrible waste of exhibits and space. It makes me angry when highly paid 'curators' who actually know next to nothing about science or engineering willfully deny us our heritage.

Euph0ny
03-13-2015, 08:39 AM
I agree with Rob, the Science museum is no longer worth a visit.

That is a truly great shame. I visited the museum nearly 30 years ago, and it was all about science and technology! Every day for a week, I pestered my parents to bring me back...

RobWilson
03-13-2015, 08:54 AM
I agree with Rob, the Science museum is no longer worth a visit.

Wonder who's paying for that pony and trap show ??

That why they need the big Wallmart sized (for you lads in the USA) gift shop . It really is a shame , it was god once upon a time . dam shame since we were world leaders in industry (long ago ) anyone need a call centre ?

I was there Christmas gone , actually at the V&A across the road looking at some old wrought iron work and when done decided to cross the road for a look see walked in then straight back out , coach loads of kids .
Unhappy Rob

RobWilson
03-13-2015, 09:10 AM
And dont get me started on what an abortion they have made of the Newcastle science/industrial museum . Ok just a we one , "TURBINIA " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbinia only the first steam turbine power ship .

Well they set her up on display , and only got the info on the description plaque the wrong way round so when looking at the drawing the stern was were the bow should be , fookin ineptitude of some people .

Used to be a canny museum , not worth a look now .


Rob

RobWilson
03-13-2015, 09:18 AM
And not to go to off topic but if you want good industrial/technology museums , and I mean really good .

Go here .

http://www.technischesmuseum.at/ , Vienna
http://www.arts-et-metiers.net/ , Paris
http://www.sdtb.de/Power-engineering.1168.0.html , Berlin
http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en , Munich

Al have LOTs of old engineering machinery , steam engines , tools ect well displayed , some are working displays .


Rob

RobWilson
03-13-2015, 09:46 AM
This is well worth a look http://www.testingmuseum.org.uk/ Kirkaldy Testing Museum .London


Rob

alsinaj
03-13-2015, 09:58 PM
RobWilson, Nice you mentioned the museum of the Ecole des Arts et des Metiers. My father was a graduate of that school.