Dear STICK Friends,

STICK sends out entertaining and, we hope, informative items on various subjects (including more general industrial heritage content) of interest to our network. Please feel free to contribute your own news to STICK Membership Secretary:

We will also be using social media such as Twitter to keep in touch. Any time-dependent items (such as online events) that come to our attention will be sent out as separate mailings if considered to be of interest.

Best Wishes

Miriam McDonald - STICK Membership Secretary

Opportunity: Chair of STICK

About Us

STICK is the Scottish Transport & Industry Collections and Knowledge network and as a Subject Specialist Network (SSN) it aims to promote care and enjoyment of these collections. Established in 2006, STICK membership is open to everyone who has an interest or enthusiasm for the collections represented, not just their custodians.

STICK exists to encourage wider engagement with transport and industrial collections across Scotland through research, stewardship and advocacy. We aim to:

· Develop opportunities to advance acquisition, care, development, research and interpretation of transport and industry collections in Scotland

· Identify key issues facing the long-term stewardship and development of transport and industry collections and work together to tackle them

· Promote, encourage and advance access to Scottish transport and industrial collections through a variety of mechanisms

· Support informed, efficient and confident decision making in the acquisition and long-term care of transport and industrial heritage across Scotland

STICK is run by volunteers as a not-for-profit organisation. It does not receive any funding and runs off donations and profits from events. Find out more about how you can support our work.

About the Role

STICK is seeking a Chair of the Steering Group. The role is voluntary and not paid. The role is a great opportunity to develop your experience and networks within Scotland and advocate for the amazing collections across the country. The Chair:

· Prepares meeting agendas and circulates them to the Steering Group

· Acts as the focal point for STICK and is the lead contact with other networks and organisations

· Chairs meetings and AGM

· Prepares the AGM Papers including the Chair’s Address

· Ensures all steering group members are able to fulfil their roles

· Attends committee meetings and STICK events

In addition the Chair directs the Steering Group, delegates tasks, and is pivotal in the organising of STICK events, including our annual conference.

About the Person

STICK is looking for someone with experience working with or researching Transport and Industry collections who can demonstrate the following:

· Knowledge and understanding of the principal issues surrounding Transport and Industry collections, their care and interpretation

· Good networking skills

· Good organisational skills

· Efficient and effective communicator

· Good IT skills

· Experience directing or chairing committees

If you are interested in hearing more about the role please contact

For more information about STICK and our previous events, conferences and projects please visit

Can you give a lonely artefact a home?


Can anyone make use of a Drummond round-bed lathe which was first mentioned in the Model Engineer’s Magazine, May 1908? It was the classic hobbyist's lathe so not huge! If interested, please contact: Mr J Parkes on tel. no. 01236 638460.


Scottish Maritime Museum (SMM)

Maid of the Loch: The PS Maid of the Loch's Ship on the Slip programme continues for the second year running; while the ship is on the slipway, under restoration at Balloch, Loch Lomond and is open to the public from 19th April to end of October 2022. See also: CHARIOTS OF STEAM: AN EXHIBITION OF MODEL SHIPS BY LACHIE STEWART, running MAY TO NOVEMBER 2022, £3 ENTRY, CHILDREN AND FRIENDS OF THE MAID GO FREE.

New Lanark, Lanarkshire: Read the New Lanark Blog here.

Verdant Works, Dundee: The Last of the Tay Spinners: The exhibition documents one of the last days of jute spinning at Tay Spinners in Dundee before closure in 1998. Using colour and black and white photographs, 27 people are shown at work in the mill. The pictures record the last days of processing of raw jute into finished yarn in Dundee. The exhibition also includes artworks created during lockdown based on the photographs see: Exhibit | The Last of the Tay Spinners - Verdant Works

Also - Exhibition Conversations with a city – Dundee, by Nick Brodie. Entry to the gallery is FREE (admission for the museum is not required). Brodie uses photography, audio recordings and found items to document his visits to local industries and public spaces. The artist listens and takes from the city before giving back reintegrating his work onto the public spaces. For more information see: Exhibit | Conversations with a city – Dundee - Verdant Works



You can see the programme and buy tickets for this conference which is being co-hosted by STICK’s very own Vice Chair, Prof. Kirstie Blair at:

More information about the project is available at: Events – Piston, Pen & Press (

Interested in Mechanical Engineering?

One of our readers, Mr Andrew Whyte has sent a link to his website. He writes “This is a web site for mechanical engineers and stress analysts with an interest in engineering design, pressure vessels, boilers, heat exchangers, piping and structural engineering. There are also articles of historical interest related to engineering.” Click here for more details.

Odds and Ends

Scottish industrial museums conservation skills gap

As you may know, Industrial Museums Scotland launched a 2 year project in October 2021 to address the conservation skills gap in industrial museum collections in Scotland. This follows on from a 2014 paper The Collection, Curatorship and Conservation of Large Objects ( funded by Museums Galleries Scotland and a conservation training workshop run by STICK at the National Mining Museum of Scotland to gauge the need of and the interest in large object conservation within the sector. This new 2 year project aims to enhance and make sustainable conservation of our industrial objects.

Funding available for traditional building techniques bursaries. See Funding Available | Scottish Lime Centre Trust ( for more information.

The STICK Committee.

From all at STICK to all our ‘Stickie’ friends - KEEP SAFE!

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