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: 15th December 2021.

Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust Lower City Mills Perth Project

Lower City Mills in Perth is part of the wider City Mills complex consisting of the Upper Mills (now the Mercure Hotel), the Lower Mills and the Granary. Although most of the buildings date from the 18th and early 19th Centuries, their origin is much earlier. There were almost certainly mills on the site by the 12th century. In 1374 Robert II gave these ‘King’s Mills’ to the Burgh of Perth and they remain in public ownership as part of the Perth Common Good. By the 1830s the Upper Mills contained wheat flour mills and a granary, while the Lower Mills processed corn and barley. The Upper Mills stopped producing flour in the 1890’s and continued as a granary with one pair of stones producing animal feed into the 1940’s. The Lower Mills continued to operate until 1953 with the building finally closing in 1966.

The Project and The Vision - Such a rare heritage asset, the mills have significant potential to contribute to Perth’s wider cultural offer as a modern city with an important history. A project is being developed by PKHT to repair the historic fabric of the building and record and restore its internal machinery and secure a sustainable new future for the building as a conservation ‘heritage hub’ and centre for Scottish mills and milling, with the Trust’s offices at its core. The project will deliver traditional building skills and other heritage-related opportunities for the public, and will afford public access to the mill machinery and associated exhibition space. PKHT has been fundraising and hope its development year will begin in April 2022 and key to this will be the development of a Conservation Management Plan (CMP), including a Condition Survey, which will reveal the nature and full extent of any works required and the training opportunities these might provide.

A key aim of the project is to engage the people of Perth in uncovering the full history of the mills. Please contact PKHT if you have any information, stories or photographs relating to the mills at any stage of its use – including the 1980s restoration.

NuSPACES - website launch

Nuclear cultural heritage is a fast-growing field in many European countries due to nuclear decommissioning and its impact on local communities, and the challenge of safeguarding nuclear waste and protecting future generations. However, it is unclear and contested what constitutes nuclear cultural heritage and how it can benefit different social groups. There is a risk that valuable tangible and intangible forms of nuclear cultural heritage will be lost and that social inequalities might be perpetuated in the process. Workshops are planned in the UK, Sweden and Lithuania over the duration of the project (running from June 2021 - June 2024).

Participating universities: Kingston University London, Linköping University, Vytautas Magnus University. Associate partners: Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Cumbria, UK National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, UK Regional Museum in Skåne, Lund, Sweden Barsebäck kraft AB/Uniper, Sweden Malmö Museums, Malmö, Sweden National Museum of Science and Technology, Stockholm, Sweden State Enterprise Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, Druksiniai, Lithuania Energy and Technology Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania Visaginas City Council, Visaginas, Lithuania

Subject areas

History, Tangible Heritage, Intangible Heritage, Natural Heritage, Built Heritage, Rural Heritage, Urban Heritage, Archives, Monuments - Sites, Libraries, Objects, Collections, Conservation, Climate Change, Ecology, Heritage values - Identity, Tourism, Sustainability, Museums.

Turriano ICOHTEC Prize 2022 - Call for Submissions

The Turriano ICOHTEC (International Committee for the History of Technology) Prize is an Early Career Prize for Books on the history of technology, sponsored by the Juanelo Turriano Foundation and consists of 2,500 Euro.

The prize-winning book will be presented and discussed at a special session of the next virtual 49th Symposium International Committee for the History of Technology that will occur in 3 phases, on different dates, each meeting lasting two days. The 1st meeting will be in June (17, 18), the 2nd in September (24, 25), and the 3rd in October (15, 16).

Eligible for the prize are original book-length works in any of the official ICOHTEC languages (English, French, German, Russian or Spanish) in the history of technology: published or unpublished Ph.D. dissertations or other monographs written by scholars in the early stages of their career. Articles and edited anthologies are not eligible. If the work is a Ph.D. thesis, it should have been accepted by your university in 2020 or 2021; if it is a published work, the year of publication should be 2020 or 2021. For the ICOHTEC Prize 2022, please send an electronic copy (PDF or Word) of the work you wish to be considered for the prize to each of the four Prize Committee members. (Note: Hard copies are only accepted for published works not available electronically.)

Your submission must be emailed no later than 28 February 2022. Please also include an abstract of no more than a half page in length. The submission should be accompanied by a CV (indicating also the date of birth) and, if applicable, a list of publications. Applicants are free to add references or reviews of the work submitted. Any materials sent to the prize committee will not be returned.

Send a complete application by email to each of the following Prize Committee members: PRIZE COMMITTEE

Dr. Darina Martykánová (Chairperson) Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Departamento de Historia Contemporánea Facultad de Filosofía y Letras Campus de Cantoblanco 28049 – Madrid Spain

Dr. Irina Gouzévitch Centre Maurice Halbwachs École Normale Supérieure 48, boulevard Jourdan 75014 Paris France

Dr. Klaus Staubermann ICOM Germany In der Halde 1 14159 Berlin Germany

Dr. Tiina Männistö-Funk School of History, Culture and Arts Studies University of Turku Turku Finland

Dr. Jacopo Pessina Department of Civilisations and Forms of Knowledge Via Pasquale Paoli, 15 56126 Pisa Italy japessina@tiscali.i

Society for Industrial Archaeology USA - online talks

Join the SIA for a series of online talks on topics related to Industrial Archeology.


Wednesday, December 8 at 8 p.m. Eastern (U.S. & Canada)

  • Christopher Romanchock – “Examining the Impact of Agent Orange Manufacture on Niagara Falls, NY”

  • David Rotenstein – “Wires, Walls, Poles, and Matzoh: Industrial Archeology and Jewish Cultural Landscapes”

Tuesday, January 19, 2022 at 2 p.m. Eastern (U.S. & Canada)

  • Paul King & Marty Johnston – “Roebling’s Monongahela Bridge: History & Motion: A Progress Report”

Register here to join via Zoom:

Each talk will last about 15 minutes with 5 minutes of Q&A with each presenter, and additional time for questions and discussion at the end of the session. Please note the sessions will be recorded and made available on the SIA YouTube channel after the presentation

Railways - The Robert Stephenson Trust

The Robert Stephenson Trust - the website has much to commend it for early rail enthisiats as well as the general reader including videos on all aspects of Stephenson’s output and more, see here for more details including how to join.

News: The Maid of the Loch

The Maid is finally getting her bottom fixed!

Contractors have been appointed for the work required to repair the hull. 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 it’s 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. We also aim to undertake refurbishment of the paddle wheels which are in very poor condition. This is another mammoth task and is already well underway by the 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!!

Paddles: Update from STICK member, Maid director and conservation engineer consultant, Jim Mitchell - The issues with the paddles are being unravelled. All of the timber floats will have to be replaced and all of the swivel pins, bearings and bushes are either seized or worn out. The Jenny nettles on the port side is misaligned, probably due to repeated pier impacts during the ship’s working life and in preservation. This piece of heavy equipment will need to be removed for bearing replacement / refurbishing. The starboard spring beam (which carries the jenny nettles) has suffered some splitting, which can be repaired by clamping. All of the replacement work described will need to be repeated on the starboard side. As the current slipping will probably be of the longest duration on the journey to the ship sailing, there is no doubt that the paddle work should be done now. The level of labour input at the ship is intense and is all volunteer work. Most of the costs will be in material, tooling and consumables. When required, paddle floats will be supplied cut to size by G&M with pins and bearings supplied by Vantech Engineering. It should be said that although one of the most challenging jobs of the restoration, it is all manageable by The Maid’s volunteer team.

If you have any questions about the Maid, contact The Loch Lomond Steamship Company, The Pier, Pier Road, Balloch G83 8QX. Email:, Website:, Phone: 01389 711865

The Maid’s paddles ‘oot the watter’ (MMcDonald, 2021)

Odds and Ends

TICCIH Bulletin 95 contributions

Submissions are now being accepted for the next issue of the TICCIH (The International Committee on the Conservation of Industrial Heritage) Bulletin, issue No. 95, for publication in January 2022. Contributions for Bulletin No. 95 should be received by 6 January 2022.

Please direct questions and other correspondence regarding the Bulletin to:

James Douet, Editor, TICCIH Bulletin, t: +34 935320017, email:

The National Mining Museum Scotland has been nominated for Asda Green Token Giving and can be voted for here.

Black Bun Specials Return This Hogmanay at Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway

See Black Bun Specials return this Hogmanay! - Bo'ness Railway ( for more details.

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