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: 1st December 2021.

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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.

Make your Eventbrite booking here.

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’.

Big Stuff Conference 2022

Working Together: Conservation and Safeguarding of Industrial and Technological Heritage

28/29 September 2022 in Seixal, Portugal and online

Call for abstracts, see here. Submission deadline 5 February 2022.

RRS Discovery secures £409,000 to help safeguard ship’s future

See here for more details.

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:

This event will be held via Zoom and a joining link will be sent on the day.

Dundee Gasworks Lecture

Lecture about Dundee gasworks (the new Eden Project site) recorded by the retired Dundee city archivist Iain Flett at From Garden to Eden: The Story of Dundee's Gasworks - YouTube in advance of a live online Q&A about the talk on Wed 10 Nov at 7pm. From Garden to Eden - The Story of the Dundee Gasworks Tickets, Wed, Nov 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite

The Maid of the Loch, Balloch - The Maid’s boiler room gets a brand new bottom!

Loch Lomond Steamship Company is delighted to announce that Dales Marine Services Ltd (Dales Marine) has been appointed as contractors for the work required to repair the hull of the Paddle Steamer Maid of the Loch currently on the slipway near Balloch Pier on Loch Lomond. Most of the repair centres on the keel block and sections to either side in the boiler room area. Other smaller repairs are required near the bow, a result of abrasion in shallow water when she was sailing up the Loch with resultant loss of coatings. The bitumen applied to the hull below the waterline when she was built back in 1953 has served her well along with the immersion in fresh rather than salt water, but after 68 years its time to see to her bottom.

Dales Marine will provide the specialist welding skills required to replace these sections, but in a determined effort to keep costs strictly controlled. Our amazing, hard-working volunteers will do the remainder of this very substantial repair to the vessel – so she will soon be good for another half-century and more Loch Lomond Steamship Company recognises the sterling work that Dales Marine has already done on PS Waverley and Iain Robertson, LLSC Director and Chairman said, “Without a doubt this is the start of the most significant chapter in the Maid’s history since the charity saved her in 1995.

The full repair of the hull will ensure her future for another 50 to 60 years and heralds the prospect of her sailing again on Loch Lomond” On securing the project, Andrew Malcolm, Business Development Manager from Dales Marine, said: “Dales Marine is delighted to provide our technical expertise in supporting the repair of the “Maid of the Loch”. We look forward to working with LLSC and their team of volunteers with this vital work to save such a historic vessel.” If further fundraising proves successful then, during this period when the ship is on the slipway, the intention is also to undertake refurbishment of the paddle wheels which are in very poor condition. This is another mammoth task and is already well underway by LLSC volunteers. Painting the vessel in her unique light hull colour with buff funnel with green boot topping is also on the worklist. She’ll be a beauty once more.

PS Maid of the Loch, built in 1953, is the last paddle steamer built in the UK and is on the UK’s Historic Ships Register. Loch Lomond Steamship Company is a charity founded in 1996 and is entirely volunteer-led. The ship at present (2021) is located on the A – listed historic slipway undergoing extensive renovation. The carriage was recently rebuilt using the skills and commitment of our volunteer force and a generous grant from Historic Environment Scotland.

The aim of the charity is: • to return the ship to sailing on Loch Lomond, • to provide enjoyment and learning opportunities for individuals, communities and visitors, • to establish a centre of excellence in heritage engineering • and to re-establish traditional cruising routes on Loch Lomond that have been absent since 1981.

For further information or press enquiries please contact: Charli Summers, Activities Coordinator Mobile: 07484918659

The coal ban and heritage vehicles and artefacts 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.

The Herald reported (4th November 2021) an exception has been made for Heritage Rail in UK parliament's allowing use of coal. Unclear if it included ships or stationary engines or Scotland, but some of these cross borders. Maybe one of our readers could let us know more about this development and what it means?

See the account by Matthew Bellhouse Moran (STICK Chair) of the STICK online fossil fuels meeting some of you may have attended in TICCIH Bulletin No. 93, 3rd Quarter 2021, pages 3-5. This can be downloaded as a PDF or viewed on ISSUU using the links:

PDF of Bulletin 93 or Bulletin 93 on ISSUU

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.

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) PhD Bursary 2022

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is requesting applications to its PhD bursary scheme, to support its mission to deliver safe, sustainable and publicly acceptable solutions to the challenge of decommissioning and clean-up of the UK’s civil nuclear legacy. The call for nuclear heritage related topic which falls within the interest of our group is as follows:

(E.9) Evaluating Nuclear Heritage Value Cultural heritage is concerned with anticipating what lies years and decades ahead in order to inform decisions around what should be preserved in the present. It enables social and knowledge-based values to be formed and transmitted forwards to shape how future generations positively view the past and derive benefits from it.

There is a lack of research on the heritage value of nuclear industry in the UK, its archaeology and history. There is a risk that losses may occur during decommissioning through a failure to recognise the value of what is there. Explicit research, clearly defining those intrinsic qualities that are of value and importance, would help to ensure a responsible approach towards preserving the industry’s heritage. Recognising cultural significance will also assist with establishing how sustainable or publicly acceptable various decommissioning solutions may be.

This year, up to £750,000 is available from the NDA PhD bursary to support projects that will lead to the award of a PhD. Universities and Research Institutes are invited to make proposals up to a value of £120k per project.

Proposals must be submitted online by 15:00 on Wednesday 22nd December 2022.

Further information on the scheme, the assessment criteria and selection process is also available by contacting the administrator, Dr Mark Bankhead directly at the following email address ( and within the documents posted on the NNL website.

Odds and Ends

Job Vacancy at National Museums of Scotland

NMS21/67 - Conservator (Aviation and Technology)See National Museums Scotland ( for details.

Rolls Royce backed to develop nuclear reactors. See here for more details.

Welsh slate mines: hidden beauty revealed by explorer - see here .

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