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STICK sends out entertaining and we hope informative items on various subjects of interest to our network. Please contribute your own news to: Today, we have a mixed bag of items.

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.

STICK online Spring Event

We are looking forward to our STICK’s online Spring event and AGM on 22nd April 2021, International Earth Day.

Burning Issues: The Future of Fossil Fuels in in Heritage

If you have not booked yet, (and over 100 already have) register free on eventbrite HERE

As we navigate the climate emergency organisations seek to minimise emissions and reduce resource consumption – but where does that leave heritage organisations that run historic engines on fossil fuels? How can we justify or offset these emissions and what does the future look like for our historic engines with increasingly sustainability-focussed funders? What is the role of industrial museums and collections in STEM and environmental education and how might learning outcomes balance emissions?

We are delighted to welcome speakers who include Paul Semple, General Manager of Waverley Excursions, Dr Becky Peacock, current Director of the Museum of Scottish Railways, Robin Patel, operations manager at the Maid of the Loch, Steve Oates, CEO of Heritage Railway Association, Philip Butler, Curator at Lancashire County Council, and Jim Mitchell, a leading conservator of industrial heritage and engines.

Scottish Fisheries Museums, Anstruther

The By the Seaside: Heritage, Healing and New Horizons display at the Scottish Fisheries Museum which runs from 20th March - 20th August 2021, explores the ways in which blue spaces can influence our lives, rekindle childhood nostalgia, and connect us with nature. This exhibition emphasizes the role of the sea in the history of art, leisure, and our emotional, mental, and physical well-being.

See the virtual exhibition here or paste: into your browser.

The Maid of the Loch: forthcoming

The steam slipway will be back in action at the end of May with The Maid being ‘slipped’. An ultrasonic survey of the hull will be carried out and a digital survey of her bottom (sorry!) carried out by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).The Trust is talking to Dale marine about repairs (re-plating) and returning The Maid to lake steamer colours.

The Trust are also planning a series of ‘skills in action’ activities such as pattern making, riveting (possibly) and casting. It is setting up a ‘pop up exhibition’ on site with some help from the Scottish Maritime Museum (SMM) and HES. All will be at the slipway under the towering presence of The Maid on her new cradle! Hard hat tours will be arranged sometime after May to inspect the ship in a way rarely seen.

Watch this space for information on summer events at the site.

The International Early Engines Conference

The International Early Engines Conference has been rescheduled to October 2021.

For more information see:

Steel and Aluminium Smelting in Scotland

Liberty Steel (Former Tata, former Colville’s) along with Liberty Aluminium (former Rio Tinto, former Alcan, former British Aluminium Company), are the only large scale producer of metals (steel and aluminium) in Scotland, taken over in 2016 by Liberty. Liberty Steel Dalzell (former Colville’s, 1871)/ Clydebridge works (former Colville’s from 1915, former Clydebridge Steel Company, 1877, Neilston family) in Motherwell is under threat due to the collapse of its main financial backer.

Liberty Aluminium/Alvance Aluminium operated the former Rio Tinto, former Alcan, former North British Aluminium Company site at Kinlochleven as a reserve electricity power source (site originally 1909, included smelter now demolished (2000), see Kinlochleven Aluminium Works | Canmore) and a smelter site at Fort William. The Kinlochleven power house, with its 10 pelton wheel turbines (Escher Wyss of Zurich) plus an 11th of a different design is a rare survival.

Image above shows Cells used in the electrolytic reduction process in the now demolished Kinlochleven Smelting Works (SC00629121, HES, 1991). High voltages - D.C. - are passed through alumina (aluminium oxide) mixed with carbon and cryolite to produce pure aluminium, oxygen and slag. The power house and the company housing survives at Kinlochleven.

News from EFAITH on the European Year of Rail 2021 European Year of Rail | . (

Here is an update on the rail heritage campaign after the second meeting of the Reflexion Group EU & Heritage on European Year of Rail (EYR). Participants are asked to formulate their ideas and proposals concerning:

How can we give the idea of heritage an important place in the EYR?; Who can you contact at European and national level (e.g. the MEPs); How to mobilise the press; Which activities and initiatives can we organise and how can we announce them?; How can we strengthen the cross-border cooperation for the preservation of railway heritage in Europe, for all forms of heritage - and how can everyone cooperate with e.g. Fedecrail; How do we see the relationship between railway heritage preservation and the Green Deal? What is the benefit for the Green Deal?; Drawing up a list together of the impact of railways on our culture and cultural productions; Good examples of conservation, reuse and interpretation of railway heritage; What do you plan to organise for the EYR?

Join a zoom meeting on 23 April 2pm where these topics will be considered. To register in advance, follow this link: Meeting Registration - Zoom

Europa Nostra UK

Europa Nostra UK are running online events in April. For further information see: Europa Nostra UK Events | Eventbrite


Many museums, such as National Museums Scotland, are planning to reopen from 26 April 2021 as Covid-19 restrictions are slightly eased. Please check before arranging your visit.

The Ship Yard Trust

The Ship Yard Trust launched its consultation and public engagement phase of its project to design and build an iconic venue in Glasgow on the 28th March 2021. See here for further information.

Maritime heritage sites in Scotland with maritime collections and exhibits include: The Scottish Maritime Museum, The Riverside Museum, Tall Ship Glenlee, Royal Yacht Britannia, Fairfield Govan, Fisheries Museum, Fife and Denny Tank.

Book Launch

Dr Ewan Gibbs new publication, Coal Country: The Meaning and Memory of Deindustrialization in Postwar Scotland, online on the 26th April 2021. Book here for tickets.

TIMS - The International Molinological Society

Everyone loves old mills. See rather beautiful examples from around the world in the TIMS E-News issue 30 which can be downloaded by pasting the following into your browser: TIMS E-News Issue 30 (Spring 2021).pdf (

Scottish Lime Centre Trust

The SLCT will run face-to-face training again from 26 April 2021 and following strict Covid-19 guidance before this latest lockdown. Numbers are restricted to 6 learners per course in order to maintain social distancing. The 2021 Course Calendar is available through their website here.

The STICK Committee.

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