Category Archives: Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums

Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway launch Emergency Appeal After Landslide

Museums, heritage attractions and other groups have been battling to come to terms with the ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic and many have launched very successful campaigns to raise much needed funds to help them survive in such uncertain times. If this was not enough some organisations have had even more challenges to overcome!

On the evening of Tuesday 11th and in the early hours of Wednesday 12th August, much of Scotland was battered by severe thunderstorms. During a subsequent inspection of the Bo’ness Kinneil Railway, the Scottish Railway Preservation Society Civil Engineer identified multiple landslips along approximately a mile-long stretch of the railway. The line was declared unfit for traffic and the railway closed to all trains.

The worst of the landslips has occurred on a steep embankment near ‘High Bridge’. A geo-structural engineer has inspected the site and the railway has estimated that this damage may cost £100,000 to repair.

The significant damage to the line could not have come at worse time: a limited reopening of the Bo’ness Kinneil Railway was planned in mid-September, after a lengthy closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has it’s income at a record low.

The railway has launched a fundraising appeal at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?charityCampaignUrl=SRPSlandslide

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Image: courtesy Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

Details of Joint ABTEM/SHCG Seminar Announced!

When It’s Gone, It’s Gone – Keeping Knowledge Safe

ABTEM’s next seminar will be a joint ABTEM and SHCG event held at the National Railway Museum, York on 11th October 2019

What happens to their knowledge when long-serving staff and volunteers leave? How do institutions plan for succession? How do we cope with fewer people with specialist knowledge?

This day seminar aims to address these issues and give an opportunity for sharing strategies and projects. Confirmed speakers include Steph Mastoris on SHCG’s firstBase project and Dr Laura Humphreys on harvesting information from curators at the Science Museum.

The seminar will cost £12 (excluding lunch) and there will be opportunity to look around the NRM.

To book, go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/when-its-gone-its-gone-keeping-knowledge-safe-a-joint-abtemshcg-seminar-tickets-71039540177?aff=affiliate1

 

Remembering John Robinson: Memorial Lecture

There can be few projects or people in European and British maritime and industrial heritage preservation who have not benefited in some way from the life and work of John Robinson who was greatly loved across the entire maritime and industrial heritage community.

John passed away in 2018 and to honour his memory, the Maritime Heritage Trust and ABTEM have organised a memorial lecture to be held in London at HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment London on Monday 8th April 2019. The event will run from 1.30pm to 15.45pm. and will feature a keynote from Sir Neil Cossons, and contributions from John’s brother Terry Robinson, Andy King (ABTEM), Hannah Cunliffe (National Historic Ships UK) and the Maritime Heritage Trust.

To book a place at the lecture please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/special-lecture-remembering-john-robinson-the-challenge-of-sustainably-preserving-our-mobile-and-tickets-56400445250

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ABTEM AGM PAPERS AVAILABLE

As previously announced, the Association’s 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held at:

London Museum of Water and Steam (Formerly Kew Bridge Steam Museum), Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, London TW8 0EN on Wednesday 21st November 2018  at 3.30pm.

The AGM will take place as part of the late Autumn seminar

Operating and Conserving Historic Industrial & Transport Collections

Hard copies of AGM papers will be available at the meeting but are also available here for download:

ABTEM 2018AGM agenda2 (1)ABTEM Accounts 2016ABTEMAGM2016minutes (6)ABTEM Accounts 2017

 

NOTICE OF ABTEM AGM

The Association’s 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held at:

London Museum of Water and Steam (Formerly Kew Bridge Steam Museum), Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, London TW8 0EN on Wednesday 21st November 2018  at 3.30pm.

The AGM will take place as part of the late Autumn seminar

Operating and Conserving Historic Industrial & Transport Collections

Tickets for the event cost £25. Register using Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-late-autumn-seminar-operating-and-conserving-historic-industrial-transport-collections-tickets-51195219279

and then pay for the ticket by using the  link: https://lmws.digitickets.co.uk/tickets/ 

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ABTEM SEMINAR AND AGM ANNOUNCED

Following on from two successful and sold out seminars launching ABTEM’s ‘Guidelines for the Care of Larger & Working Historic Objects’ this event provides an opportunity to hear more about the new document and hear case studies illustrating the issues faced by those conserving and operating and industrial transport collections.

Speakers include Paul & Joyce Jefford, case study contributors to the Guidelines, Christopher Binks from the National Railway Museum and Efstathios Tsolis who as part of the International Railway Heritage Consultancy helped compile the new document.

The event is hosted by the London Museum of Water and Steam and so there will also be case studies from John Porter (LMWS) and Peter Turvey (Kennet & Avon Canal Trust highlighting the issues most relevant to those operating stationary steam engines as well as the chance to look around the Museum and speak to the volunteer team there.

The meeting will also include the ABTEM Annual General Meeting.

Tickets for the event cost £25. Register using Eventbrite at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-late-autumn-seminar-operating-and-conserving-historic-industrial-transport-collections-tickets-51195219279

and then pay for the ticket by using the link: https://lmws.digitickets.co.uk/tickets/

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