Dear STICK Friends,

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

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.

The next newsletter deadline: 7th November 2021.

Date for your diaries: STICK Conference 2021

Snapshot in Time

Online. Wednesday 17th November 2021.

Photography is an invaluable tool for recording industrial and transport history – it is ideally suited for rapid documentation in a world where dramatic or catastrophic change can occur to the fabric of industry, almost overnight, and revolutionised the documentation of historic sites. STICK conference, “Snapshot in Time” hopes to discuss the importance of photography as a documentation and advocacy tool for industrial and transport heritage. The conference is scheduled for Wednesday 17th November 2021.

Make your Eventbrite booking here. A programme will be available shortly.

STICK anticipates the conference to be hosted online via zoom. If you have any questions contact Matthew Bellhouse Moran at

Go Industrial: Support Industrial Museums!

Now that restrictions are easing, make it a goal to visit your local industrial museum to show your support. Everything from coal to shale, to ships and looms, there is a world of industrial goodies awaiting you. See GoIndustrial for all you need to know for a ‘rivetting day out’.

Hallowe’en is upon us

Enjoy hallowe’en and guisin’ experiences and support our industrial museums:

National Mining Museum Scotland: “Step back in time and hear dark and ghostly tales from centuries gone by with Lady Anne Kerr and her mysterious companion.”. Book tickets here.

Almond Valley Heritage: “After-Dark in the Witches' Wood”. 29 - 31 October 2021. Book tickets here.

Scottish Maritime MuseumHappy Halloween! We’ll be raising money for the Scottish Maritime Museum Trust and Whiteleys Retreat!”, Spooky Drop-in, 30th October 2021. Book tickets here.

Scottish Fisheries Museum: '“Whiskers and Whispers”, 31 October 2021. Book here.

Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Summerlee “Halloween frighteners! Hear the mighty Compton Cinema Organ played by multi-award winning musician Aaron Hawthorn”. 30th and 31st October 2021. General museum tickets book here.

The Devil’s Porridge, Dumfriesshire: Nearly a decade! Fires and Firefighting at HM Factory Gretna

Online event: Monday 22nd November 2021

Book online on Eventbrite here:

The presentation begins in October 1915 with the builders discussing fire insurance with HM Government and then we travel through to September 1925 with a large fire at Gretna just a few days after the brigade had been disbanded. Our journey will include looking at the men and women who fought fires, took part in competitions and ensured the safety of H M Factory, Gretna. We’ll see the vehicles, stations and uniforms used. Likewise details and photographs will show the diversity of incidents including travelling miles to assist local communities in areas where proper fire fighting apparatus and crews did not exist or were rudimentary. Gretna had different levels of fire teams ranging from the professional brigade through to the assistance offered by police officers, both male and female, military guards and officer workers. Within the factory area, all workers received basic training whilst others more in depth instruction. Some of these workers showed exceptional bravery and quite correctly were presented with awards and we’ll look at these. Lasting about 50 minutes, Nigel Crompton, MA’s presentation includes photographs, copies of maps and other documents relating to the fire brigade and fire fighting at HM Factory, Gretna. This event will be held via Zoom and a joining link will be sent on the day.

Enjoy a virtual tours of industrial and technology collections

Enjoy a virtual tour of the Museum of Scottish Shale Oil: A Virtual Tour of the Museum - Scottish Shale and make a donation here.

The Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) Scotland Museum - The ICE Scotland museum is located at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Campus at Riccarton. It has over 250 items on permanent display in and around the William Arrol Building. In response to the closure of the museum since March 2020 it has produced a virtual tour as a video (

Sustainability in Structural Engineering Panel

Sustainability in structural engineering: Panel discussion - The Institution of Structural Engineers (

If you are interested in becoming involved with this Institution of Structural Engineers group see here for more information.

BAFM need a new Scotland co-ordinator

The British Association of Friends of Museums need a Scotland Coordinator.

To express an interest, contact

The coal ban and heritage vehicles concern

There are fears that banning coal, despite exemptions being promised, may have unintended consequences for steam heritage railways and other heritage vehicles. See here for more information.

Scottish Water Mills website now live

Scottish water mills website is now live at See also: Projects - Map images - National Library of Scotland ( is also a download page and a Help / Contact page.

This is a output from a collaborative PhD (National Library Scotland/National Map Library).

Conference: (In)tangible Heritages

The University of Kent is sending out a call for papers: The “historic city of Canterbury” is host to the (IN)TANGIBLE HERITAGE(S) conference, June 2022:

(IN)TANGIBLE HERITAGE(S): A conference on design, culture and technology – past, present, and future

Place: Canterbury, UK / Virtual - Organisers: University of Kent

Dates: 15-17 June 2022 - Abstracts in by: 30 Nov 2021 (Round 1)

See here for more information.

TICCIH Bulletin 94 available

See the latest The International Congress on the Conservation of Industrial Heritage at: TICCIH-Bulletin-94.pdf. Articles include the first railway museum in Uganda and historic lighthouses of India.

Odds and Ends

COP26 - Energy Saving in Glasgow's Merchant City

Part of central Glasgow was rebranded and revitalised to offer new homes and a mixed economy in former food markets and textile warehouses. Rehabilitation saves the embodied energy that would otherwise be needed to build equivalent new homes, especially when the structure of a building is kept as well as a façade. The walk will touch upon impacts of plantation economies, exploiting enslaved people, facadism, meanwhile uses, gap sites and the Townscape Heritage Initiative in shaping what we see today.

STICK’s very own Mark Watson (Institute of Historic Building Conservation and Historic Environment Scotland) will guide this walking tour around the Merchant City area of Glasgow. The route will start at and return to The Scottish Civic Trust, The Tobacco Merchants House, 42 Miller Street, Glasgow G1 1DT and will last approximately 1 hour.

Book a place on this event here.

Accessibility and risk: some crossings of streets will be necessary so please take care and use pedestrian crossings where appropriate. There will be kerbs but the only flights of stairs are within Tobacco Merchant’s House. Face coverings are optional outdoors, compulsory indoors, unless medically exempt, and numbers are limited to those who booked, to promote social distancing. The walk will finish back at the Scottish Civic Trust where there will be the opportunity to go inside the building, and where SPAB Scotland will have a temporary office for the day. This event supports the IHBC Helpdesk+, an online forum open every day from Oct 31st - Nov 12th, 3-8pm. Both IHBC and SPAB will have special feature events throughout the fortnight, so please visit us virtually! Related links:

COP26 and HES | Historic Environment Scotland | HES

Home - Climate Heritage Mobilization

Post-Doctoral Opportunity: Germany

GERMANY: Postdoctoral Fellowship at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Institute for Social Movements In partnership with Deindustrialization and the Politics of Our Time (DePOT)

The Institute for Social Movements at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, a key partner in the transnational DePOT project, is searching for a recent PhD graduate specializing in deindustrialization studies to spend six months in 2022 at the Institute. While the timing is open, the Institute is hosting deindustrialization researchers from around the world in early May as part of the wider DePOT project that is examining the politics of deindustrialization in Western Europe and North America. During the six-month funded residency in Bochum, the selected candidate would work on their own research project on any aspect of deindustrialization and/or industrial heritage (not necessarily in this combination). The Postdoctoral Fellow will also work with Stefan Berger to develop a funding proposal to a German or European funding agency that will, if successful, allow the selected candidate to extend their postdoctoral fellowship period significantly. The postdoc is also expected to be active in the intellectual life of the Institute and the larger DePOT project. Familiarity with the DePOT project will be an asset. The stipend will be 3,000 € per month. Deadline for applications: 14 November 2021.

For additional information, please contact Stefan Berger at

If you are interested in the work of Scottish engineers at home and abroad, see the The Life and Works of John Rennie with maps at John Rennie - Home Page - The Rochester Bridge Trust (

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