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The next newsletter deadline: 14 August 2021.

STICK Conference 2021 - Call for Papers

Snapshot in Time

Online. Wednesday 17th November 2021.

Call for papers: deadline 5 pm, 01 September 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 is inviting submissions for papers for its conference “Snapshot in Time” 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.

Papers for presentation will be accepted on a broad range of subjects, including:

· Case studies in photographic survey

· The use of photographs for education, outreach and advocacy

· The research utility of existing archives of photographic

· Developments in photographic survey techniques and their future (e.g. photogrammetry)

STICK anticipates the conference to be hosted online via zoom. We regret that we can offer no fees to speakers. 200 word proposals for talks of 45 minutes may be submitted to Matthew Bellhouse Moran at with STICK Conference Proposal as the email title. Shorter contributions can be discussed.

Snapshot in Time: STICK Photography Competition

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 is inviting submissions for a photography competition in the run up to its conference “Snapshot in Time” on 17th November 2021. Photographs can be of anything in the realm of industry and/or transport heritage. The winner will be announced at our conference on 17th November. Judge to be announced.

Competition terms & application details:
• Any images that violate copyright, trademark or any other applicable law will be disqualified
• The image must not be watermarked or otherwise branded
• The image must have been created by the applicant and any manipulation of the image also been done by the applicant – outsourcing post production is NOT acceptable
• Applicants agree that images submitted may be used by the Scottish Transport and Industrial Collections Knowledge subject specialist network on their website and social media accounts, with appropriate credit. At no time will any image be used for any other purpose
• Deadline for submitting images is
midnight on Monday 11th October 2021
• We can only receive images digitally, not via post. These should be emailed to with the title INDUSTRIAL PHOTO COMP. ***ARTIST NAME***

NMS Unicorn, Dundee - New Manager Appointed

And it is STICK’s current Chair, Matthew Bellhouse Moran!

"After 5 years with the Scottish Maritime Museum, I’ve jumped ship across to the east of Scotland to take over management of HMS Unicorn. Built in 1824, the 200 year old leda-class frigate is one of the six oldest ships afloat in the world, and of these is the most original with over 90 percent of her original timbers.
Unicorn has been a fixture in Dundee for almost 150 years – in that time the elements have taken their toll, and the Unicorn is now in need of significant conservation work. The Unicorn Preservation Society are working hard raising funds for an ambitious programme of works that will see the ship berthed in the historic East Graving Dock and the centre of a maritime heritage centre, with recently commissioned laser surveys and structural anaylsis underway as the first stage on the long road to a secure future.
Working on such a ship is a real privilege, although I’ve bumped my head so many times on low beams that I now wear a hard hat at all times below deck!”

Below: the new manager at HMS Unicorn, STICK’s very own Matthew Bellhouse Moran.

National Museums Scotland

Flying into the Future Trail, Museum of Flight, East Fortune

26th June - 31st October 2021

Discover how engineers are working to make air travel less damaging to the environment with this museum trail. Download or pick up the National Museums Scotland trail to discover how engineers are working to make air travel less damaging to the environment. The Scottish Government have set challenging targets to reduce the negative impact of aviation by 2040 but how might that happen? Explore the National Museum Scotland with its new family-friendly trail. Learn about the challenges faced by the aviation industry and discover some of the innovative solutions that could be used. Most suitable for families with children aged 7-11. See here for more details.

Call for Papers - international Industrial Crafts Research Network (ICRN)

Exhibiting Skill: Understanding, Documenting, and Communicating Skilled Practices of Historical Industrial Environments

12-14 November 2021 ONLINE

The international Industrial Crafts Research Network (ICRN) invites proposals for its inaugural symposium, co-hosted by the University of California Irvine, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Nottingham Trent University. The overarching aim of this event is to empower communities to make positive changes in how skilled practices are valued, captured and preserved. ICRN has attracted associates across disciplines and borders and we hope to disseminate various theoretical and practical approaches to address a range of questions that may include:

How can museums preserve and present the skilled practice in industrial crafts?
Can we reconstruct embodied knowledges when no skilled practitioners survive using sources in archives, visual and material culture?
What combination of methodologies can most accurately document and express skilled practices?
Do theories of cognition help us to understand skilled practice?
How do we build exhibits that communicate such working knowledges?

For more information and to submit a proposal see here.

Job Vacancies

Scottish Maritime Museum: Assistant Curator (Collections and Volunteering) and Learning and Access Officer

The Assistant Curator is responsible for the implementation of an agreed programme of research, exhibition, recording, acquisition and care of the Museum’s Recognised Collection. They are also responsible for generating appropriate volunteering opportunities and role descriptions based on the needs of the organisation. This role demands strong project management skills, good interpersonal skills and a knowledge and understanding of collections.

The Learning and Access Officer will develop and deliver the Museum’s educational learning and access programme promoting learning to audiences ranging from early years to lifelong learners, contributing to the Museum’s events programme, delivering talks and demonstrations to visiting groups.

For more information on both these vacancies, click here.

Scottish Council on Archives: part-time Digital Communications and Administration Assistant

SCA is currently recruiting for a part-time Digital Communications and Administration Assistant. The postholder will provide administration support for the programme delivery, communications, and operational work of the SCA. The Digital Communications and Administration Assistant will also use SCA’s digital platforms, including social media accounts and website, to disseminate information and promote the work of the organisation as well as the wider archives and records management sector. SCA staff are currently working from home due to Covid-19; however, we may develop a blended working model involving a mix of office-based and home working. Closing date: Friday, 6 August 2021, 9.00am and interviews will be held online week beginning 16 August 2021. Further Information and Application here.

Maid of the Loch - news

Maid of the Loch is slipped! The Maid was slipped on Wednesday 14th July 2021. The team aim to repair her hull now she is hauled out of Loch Lomond and onto the slipway. See here for more information.

1920s crane "penny in the slot" machine needs a home

The Scottish Motor Museum Trust has a crane "penny in the slot" machine of the 1920s, please see below. It has had a home at Dundee Transport Museum, but unfortunately, they need the space for a new exhibition.

The machine takes 20p coins and SMMT has previously loaned the machine on a 50/50 split of the income deal. Please let SMMT know if you know of anyone who might be interested in taking it on, it has proven to be great fun for kids, SMMT incidentally have prize items which it would provide with the machine at no cost. The Trust no longer operates the Museum at the old Argyll Motor Works in Alexandria, but does maintain a large photo archive, hence the machine needs a home. Please contact either Tim Amyes (, Chair or Dave Atkings (, Treasurer, Scottish Motor Museum Trust if this is of interest to you, or if you require any additional information.

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’.

STICK’s online Spring 2021 event and AGM fell on 22nd April, also International Earth Day. Focussing on the themes of the future of heritage combustion engines and green initiatives, the event explored justifying, offsetting or sustainably running engines, navigating new climate regulations at local and national levels, funding partnerships, and the future of running heritage engines.

The free conference was held online via Zoom on 22 April 2021 and a video of the proceedings can be viewed at Burning Issues: The Future of Fossil Fuels in Heritage | STICK (

Odds and Ends

HMS Unicorn, Dundee is running guided tours of its guns on 02 August 2021. See here for more details.

Traditional Building Technology

The Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration Project is offering support for attending skills training courses. See We Have Funding Available ( for more information.

The Dorothée Pullinger exhibition continues at the Devil’s Porridge Museum, Eastriggs, Dumfries and Galloway until 1st September 2021. The story of trailblazing car engineer Dorothée Pullinger is the focus of a fascinating new exhibition, brought together by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and The Devil’s Porridge Museum. See also: Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame to learn more about Dorothée Pullinger and her work in car design with the Galloway Engineering Company. She also had links to Arrol Johnston car factory in Heathhall, Dumfries (see STICK Knowledge 34).

The Scottish Maritime Museum Dumbarton is running Woven Waves: The Jutland Tapestries showcases artist Katie Russell’s series of tapestry weavings inspired by the Battle of Jutland until 21st September 2021. The battle took place 31st May to 1st June 1916 off the west coast of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula between the main British and German battle fleets. It was the largest battle of the First World War with 250 ships and over 100,000 men participating. This innovative exhibition weaves together naval history, science and art. Visitors will gain insight into Katie’s research undertaken at the Sea War Museum Jutland. Through a series of objects and artworks the history of tapestry weaving is explored. Also on display for the first time in the Scotland are the extraordinary multibeam scans of the Battle of Jutland shipwrecks from the nautical archaeology expedition that marked the battle’s centenary in 2016. See here for more information.

The STICK Committee.

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

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