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Dear STICK Friends,

STICK sends out entertaining and, we hope, informative items on various subjects of interest to our network. Please contribute your own news - in good time, please - to: miriam.mcdonald@hes.scot.

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: 15th October 2021.

STICK Conference 2021: Call for papers - deadline 15th October 2021

Snapshot in Time

Online. Wednesday 17th November 2021.

Call for papers: deadline 5 pm, 15th October 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 material

· 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. Proposals for talks of 10 - 40 minutes may be submitted to Matthew Bellhouse Moran at matthew@hmsunicorn.org.uk with STICK Conference Proposal as the email title.

Snapshot in Time: STICK Photography Competition - deadline for submission 11th October 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 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
stickssn@gmail.com with the title INDUSTRIAL PHOTO COMP. ***ARTIST NAME***

Award for Conservation and Climate Change

Historic Environment Scotland announced as part of this year’s RIAS Awards, its 2021 HES Award for Conservation and Climate Change which goes to the Bell Street Stables in Glasgow. More info and short film here at:

RIAS on Twitter: "#RIASAwards @HistEnvScot Conservation & Climate Change Award 🌍 Winner: Bell Street Stables - @Collective_Arch This striking project transforms a Victorian council depot into 52 new homes for @WheatleyHousing, enabling more affordable living in the heart of #Glasgow! https://t.co/nOcTCOn8xH" / Twitter

HES says:” It’s an excellent repair and reuse of a B-listed Victorian former Council depot to provide affordable housing. Conversion of existing buildings by housing associations is often seen as complicated, so we welcome the decision by the Wheatley Housing Association to invest in an existing (and listed) building – a physical reminder of Glasgow’s industrial, horse-powered, heritage.

The conversion retained significant elements of the existing building, including the rare and distinctive horse ramp, which enabled horses to access stables on the upper floors, and a setted series of external deck-access gangways. A series of building elements have been retained and reused, including horse stalls, water fountains and troughs. The car-free courtyard has been re-laid in setts, creating a communal heart to the complex. The project repaired the existing building’s masonry fabric using stone sourced from the original quarry.

The project has also supported local employment and contractors, with the iron access gates repaired by a nearby blacksmiths firm that made the originals well over a century ago. The conversion has provided 52 mid-market flats for rent, giving the building a new lease of life and enabling more affordable living in a characterful historic building in the heart of Glasgow. Its especially important to showcase good examples of sustainable reuse in this crucial year for climate change as Scotland prepares to host COP26. Retaining and reusing the historic buildings we already have will play a key role on our journey to net-zero.”

HES also awarded commendations to:

Edinburgh Printmakers - “This former industrial building, the last remaining part of the famous North British Rubber Company premises, has been repurposed with a fabric first approach, and an emphasis on reusing rather than replacing existing building elements and materials. The polychromatic brickwork, for many years covered in muddy brown paint, is now again a prominent local feature. This rare survival of industrial Edinburgh was derelict and once threatened with loss, being at the centre of an area undergoing significant redevelopment. The Printmakers have given the building a complimentary new public use within an area of rapidly changing streetscape. The conversion project was one of the first Category C listed buildings to be grant aided by HES.”

Water’s Edge Dundee - “Water’s Edge is the transformation of another industrial building, this time a B listed mid-C19th transit shed later extended, immediately adjacent to Dundee’s Camperdown Dock. The previously derelict buildings have been converted into new flexible office space. Original fabric has been retained and exposed, with a new focal entrance tower containing air handling plant with heat recovery, with PV panels on the south facing roofs. The building utilises start technology with access, lighting and heating able to be controlled by user’s smartphones, to help save energy. The development – an interesting model for office-working - has a collegiate atmosphere with its naturally ventilated central ‘street’ and flexible accommodation, including co-working for established and start-up businesses.”

Exciting finds in Tranent

The Tranent 1722 Waggonway project, East Lothian has made exciting discoveries through archaeological excavation. See here and here for more information.

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.

Midlothian Climate Beacon Digital Conference

National Mining Museum Scotland, with partner the British Geological Survey, are one of seven Climate Beacon’s for COP26. As part of their programme of activities, they have just announced their digital conference entitled Climate Change: Changing Perspectives.

The conference welcomes speakers from cultural, arts, scientific research, and climate organisations on a variety of topics. More information (and to book a place at the conference) can be found here on CloudVenue page: Climate Change Conference: Changing Perspectives (cloudvenue.co.uk)

More information about Beacon’s planned activities can be found here: Midlothian Climate Beacon | National Mining Museum

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.

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’.

Proposed Redevelopment of Govan Shipyard.

BAE Systems, owners of the Govan Shipyard (former Fairfield Shipyard) is planning to redevelop the site to attract orders. The plans involve the demolition of the existing buildings on the site, including the List A Engine Works. The shipyard will then be extended to Govan Road to provide under cover shipbuilding facilities. See here for images of the site and here for more information.

Image: copyright: HES

Visit The Maid

The Maid of the Loch is currently open every weekend until the end of October 2021. This is in celebration of The Maid’s move to the newly rebuilt steam slipway carriage. The ship will remain on the carriage for some time to enable essential repairs.

Hard hat tours of the Ship on the Slip can be purchased here.

Above: The Maid ‘oot the watter’ and on the new steam slipway carriage. (Image: MMD, 2021)

Above: View looking up into one of The Maid’s paddle wheels. (Image: MMD, 2021)

Odds and Ends

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 (https://ice-museum-scotland.hw.ac.uk/virtual-tour/). This year the museum is fifty years old and the museum has produced a second video titled 50 Years of the ICE Scotland Museum in 20 Objects (https://ice-museum-scotland.hw.ac.uk/celebrating-50-years/50_years_v16/). The museum has an extensive website and full catalogue with images (https://ice-museum-scotland.hw.ac.uk/) where there is also access to the videos and to its Twitter feed.

Salt Symposium - The ScAPE Trust will be running a 2-day Scottish Salt Symposium on 16-17 October 2021. This two-day even in Brora will bring together historians, archaeologists, enthusiasts and salt producers, to celebrate the once vital, but little-known, Scottish salt industry. Symposium webpage: https://scapetrust.org/salt-symposium/. Programme: https://scapetrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/SaltSymposiumDownloadProgrammeA4.pdf. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-salt-symposium-tickets-167587589993

The Birth of an Icon: a new book charting the life of the world-famous, Dumbarton-built Cutty Sark arrives soon, including some new facts about her Scottish funding. To pre-order or for more information email: visitorservices@scotmaritime.org.uk

The STICK Committee.

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