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:

Apologies for sending this out a bit early, but quite a few things coming up in early September that have recently come to our attention and we thought you might like to hear about.

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 October 2021.

STICK Conference 2021 - Call for Papers deadline extended

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 10-20 or 40 minutes may be submitted to Matthew Bellhouse Moran at with STICK Conference Proposal as the email title.

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***

Big Stuff webinar 27 Sept - Wet Steam lubrication for the Manchester Museum

Join us in helping the UK's Science and Industry Museum (Manchester) work out whether wet steam lubrication is right for their steam engines! Register here (or through links below) and please circulate this invitation to friends and colleagues.

The Details: The UK's Science and Industry Museum, Manchester (part of the Science Museum Group) has asked the Big Stuff community to help them work out an innovative plan for operating their steam engines in their newly designed Power Hall. They want to create a display that is exciting, informative AND environmentally friendly. However, their steam engines use large quantities of water which get contaminated with lubricating oil and have to be jettisoned as waste. So they are interested in using wet steam lubrication for the engines, but want to how it works in practice and whether it will translate to the museum situation successfully.

Whether you have experience with this method or are just interested in knowing more please join us for a great debate. More information is here: and schematics of the proposed gallery plan and steaming plan are available at:

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 ( to coincide with the cancelled Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2020.

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 (

The museum has an extensive website and full catalogue with images ( 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:



Scottish Maritime Museum, September 2021

Saturday 11 September 2021:
SMM opens a fabulous exhibition of 150 exquisite, vintage glass ships in bottles, a
new glass artworks with a day of glassblowing demonstrations and talks giving an insight into this traditional, delicate but now endangered skill. See here for more details.

OCEAN POSTERS AGAINST PLASTIC POLLUTION EXHIBITION LAUNCH EVENT, Saturday 11 September: This moving exhibition features posters designed by students across the world to highlight the escalating plastic pollution of our oceans. First shown at the UN in New York, the exhibition now makes its UK debut in the Linthouse. SMM mark the opening of the exhibition with a day of discussion at 1pm & 4pm on 11th September there will be an Oceans and Climate Change Talk and Q&A with Dr Jamie Toney, Director and a Founder of The Centre for Sustainable Solutions at the University of Glasgow . See here for more details.

Opens Saturday 25 September with free textile workshops, 11am & 1.30pm: This international exhibition of textile panels challenges us to see people, places and creatures threatened by environmental breakdown through the eyes of those facing the impact most closely. See
here for more details.

LAST CHANCE TO SEE WOVEN WAVES: THE JUTLAND TAPESTRIES, SMM Dumbarton until 21 September: Award-winning tapestry artist Katie Russell's exhibition poignantly reinterprets one of the world’s largest naval conflicts, the WW1 Battle of Jutland and also features extraordinary images revealing the fate of the shipwrecked warships.

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:

Museum Scottish Lighthouses

The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses is seeking a trustee and a chair. Click on the links below for further details. Closing date for both is 24th September 2021.

Trustee - Museum of Scottish Lighthouses and Chair - Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

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’.

Odds and Ends

Charlestown Workshops will be opening on Sunday, 19th September in participation of this year's Fife Doors Open Day. See here for more details. This is a free event.

The STICK Committee.

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

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