Dear STICK Friends,

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

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.

Also, apologies for the less than frequent ‘STICK Knowledge’ over the Summer. Until October there will continue to be one a month only.

Best Wishes

Miriam McDonald - STICK Membership Secretary

Opportunity: Chair of STICK

About Us

STICK is the Scottish Transport & Industry Collections and Knowledge network and as a Subject Specialist Network (SSN) it aims to promote care and enjoyment of these collections. Established in 2006, STICK membership is open to everyone who has an interest or enthusiasm for the collections represented, not just their custodians.

STICK exists to encourage wider engagement with transport and industrial collections across Scotland through research, stewardship and advocacy. We aim to:

· Develop opportunities to advance acquisition, care, development, research and interpretation of transport and industry collections in Scotland

· Identify key issues facing the long-term stewardship and development of transport and industry collections and work together to tackle them

· Promote, encourage and advance access to Scottish transport and industrial collections through a variety of mechanisms

· Support informed, efficient and confident decision making in the acquisition and long-term care of transport and industrial heritage across Scotland

STICK is run by volunteers as a not-for-profit organisation. It does not receive any funding and runs off donations and profits from events. Find out more about how you can support our work.

About the Role

STICK is seeking a Chair of the Steering Group. The role is voluntary and not paid. The role is a great opportunity to develop your experience and networks within Scotland and advocate for the amazing collections across the country. The Chair:

· Prepares meeting agendas and circulates them to the Steering Group

· Acts as the focal point for STICK and is the lead contact with other networks and organisations

· Chairs meetings and AGM

· Prepares the AGM Papers including the Chair’s Address

· Ensures all steering group members are able to fulfil their roles

· Attends committee meetings and STICK events

In addition the Chair directs the Steering Group, delegates tasks, and is pivotal in the organising of STICK events, including our annual conference.

About the Person

STICK is looking for someone with experience working with or researching Transport and Industry collections who can demonstrate the following:

· Knowledge and understanding of the principal issues surrounding Transport and Industry collections, their care and interpretation

· Good networking skills

· Good organisational skills

· Efficient and effective communicator

· Good IT skills

· Experience directing or chairing committees

If you are interested in hearing more about the role please contact

For more information about STICK and our previous events, conferences and projects please visit

UPDATE: Can you give a lonely artefact a home?

The Drummond Lathe from the last issue has found a home! Someone out there has made some little chucks very happy.


Third conference, call for papers from IEEC, March 2024, after Elsecar and Dudley is going to be in Coatbridge Summerlee.

Fieldtrips to Ayrshire and the central belt are being arranged as part of the conference programme.

The Third International Early Engines Conference (IEEC3) March 2024 – Preliminary Announcement

Ensuring Scottish contributions to early engine developments are recognised and celebrated IEEC are delighted to confirm that Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life at Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, close to Glasgow, have kindly agreed to host IEEC3 from the 22nd to the 24th of March 2024.

Job Opportunity

North Lanarkshire Council are looking for a committed and skilled Heritage Technician to join the Museums & Collections team.

Based within Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, with a remit that covers all North Lanarkshire museums, the Heritage Technician plays a pivotal role in the safe running, maintenance, and restoration of the historic trams & tramway; steam engines and vehicles; engineering tools; and the museum workshop.

The Heritage Technician also supports volunteers and work placements, engages with visitors about the work done in museums and supports the curatorial team on projects.

You will be a qualified to SVQ3, HNC or Apprenticeship level in a relevant discipline with an interest in historic engines, vehicles and tools. Moderate experience of maintenance planning, problem solving and a full clean driving licence, you will also be prepared to achieve all necessary further qualifications.

A positive attitude to health & safety and a willingness to help the whole team achieve results will help make you a successful candidate.

This is an exciting time to work with North Lanarkshire Council, with an ambitious plan to improve the lives of everyone who works, lives and visits here.

The closing date for applications is 22/08/2022. For more details please see MyJobScotland: Heritage Technician - | North Lanarkshire Council | myjobscotland


Scottish Maritime Museum (SMM): SMM hosts its first ever film season - sea themed of course - starting on the 14th August and running until October 2022. Find out more by clicking on: TAKE YOUR SEAT FOR MONSTER ‘SCREAMINGS’ AND LITTLE MERMAIDS AS THE SCOTTISH MARITIME MUSEUM ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET WITH MOVIE SEASON! - Scottish Maritime Museum

National Museum Scotland, Edinburgh: The Typewriter Revolution exhibition at NMS ends on 11 September 2022. Excellent exhibition on this transformative branch of light engineering.

Maid of the Loch: The PS Maid of the Loch's Ship on the Slip programme continues for the second year running; while the ship is on the slipway, under restoration at Balloch, Loch Lomond and is open to the public from 19th April to end of October 2022. Steam days August, September and October. For more information, see Public Events and Themed Experiences — Maid of the Loch.


New Lanark, Lanarkshire: Read the New Lanark Blog here.

Verdant Works, Dundee: The Last of the Tay Spinners: The exhibition documents one of the last days of jute spinning at Tay Spinners in Dundee before closure in 1998. Using colour and black and white photographs, 27 people are shown at work in the mill. The pictures record the last days of processing of raw jute into finished yarn in Dundee. The exhibition also includes artworks created during lockdown based on the photographs see: Exhibit | The Last of the Tay Spinners - Verdant Works and and see Artist's Talk: Andrew Cronshaw - Verdant Works running from the 2nd to the 20th August 2022.

Historic Mills

The Mills conference took place in May 2022 (see STICK Knowledge passim) and it is hoped that this will involve ongoing liaison between different types of historic mills in Scotland. A Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) working party has been set up for hands on repairs to a wonderful mill in Finzean, Deeside. See Finzean Watermill Working Party | to book a place. See here for more information on this amazing watermill landscape.

Work is ongoing on Perth Lower City Mills machinery and on getting water back into the city lade using modern control equipment.



You can see the programme and buy tickets for this conference which is being co-hosted by STICK’s very own Vice Chair, Prof. Kirstie Blair at:

More information about the project is available at: Events – Piston, Pen & Press (

Interested in Mechanical Engineering?

One of our readers, Mr Andrew Whyte has sent a link to his website. He writes “This is a web site for mechanical engineers and stress analysts with an interest in engineering design, pressure vessels, boilers, heat exchangers, piping and structural engineering. There are also articles of historical interest related to engineering.” Click here for more details.

Odds and Ends

The Big Stuff Conservation Conference 2022, Portugal online and in person. See here for more details.

Scottish industrial museums conservation skills gap

As you may know, Industrial Museums Scotland launched a 2 year project in October 2021 to address the conservation skills gap in industrial museum collections in Scotland. This follows on from a 2014 paper The Collection, Curatorship and Conservation of Large Objects ( funded by Museums Galleries Scotland and a conservation training workshop run by STICK at the National Mining Museum of Scotland to gauge the need of and the interest in large object conservation within the sector. This new 2 year project aims to enhance and make sustainable conservation of our industrial objects.

The STICK Committee.

From all at STICK to all our ‘Stickie’ friends

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