Events Programme

2019/20 Winter Programme starts on 11th October: History of Brickmaking in Bedfordshire

Winter Programme 2011/12


14th October
JW Evans -The Silver Factory
Nick Hill
Established in 1881, JW Evans is one of the most complete surviving historic factories in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. Our speaker from English Heritage will talk about the history of teh enterprise and the work undertaken to conserve it.
11th November
NIAG Annual General Meeting
this will be followed at approximately 7.45 pm by
Victorian Northamptonshire - Inventions and Inventors
Jon-Paul Carr
The Victorians were known for their inventiveness, be it good, bad or very mad.  This illustrated, light-hearted talk about some of the Victorian inventions and inventors from the county will include domestic appliances, motive power as well as industry and farming inventions.
2nd December
Change of Date
Roger Scanlon
A local Master Thatcher, Roger’s talk will describe how the thatching tradition in this area has changed over the past 40 years, how thatching materials affect the historic fabric of a property and explain current practices.
13th January
Members' Evening
Our annual presentation by members of NIAG will as usual cover a diverse range of topics. There should be something to suit everyone! Members wishing to make a contribution are invited to contact Peter Perkins beforehand.
10th February
Brunel's Great Eastern
Isambard Thomas & Alexandra Warwick
Isambard Thomas lives next to the spot on the River Thames where his great-great-great grandfather constructed the largest ship that had ever been built: the Great Eastern. At 680 feet long and designed to travel to Australia without re-fuelling, the ship was the last of the great works that Isambard Kingdom Brunel saw completed; he died in the year after it was launched.  In this illustrated talk we will hear the story of what Brunel called his Great Babe, the trials and tribulations involved in the realisation of this extraordinary project and see photographs of the building and launch site then and now.
9th March
The Restoration of Allchin Roller 1131
Change of Topic
Julian & Sharon Skinner
This roller, built in 1898 by the William Allchin company at the Globe works in Southbridge, Northampton, is the only one of its kind left in the world. It was used to build roads around Northampton until it was retired in 1954. After its regular appearance at the town's annual carnival, it was left to rust at the council's depot during the 1990s, from whence it was rescued in 2009. With the help of a Lottery grant the roller has now been fully restored.

Winter Programme

The Committee has organised a number of talks for the winter months catering for a wide range of interests.

These meetings will be held on a Friday evening in the Garden Room at St Matthews Church Hall, off Kettering Road Northampton (car park entrance in The Drive). Meetings commence at 7.30 pm and are free to NIAG members.

We welcome visitors to all our meetings; there is a charge of £2.00 per person per meeting.

Potential new members are always welcome at any of these meetings when you can join on the night.


Archived winter programmes


Summer Programme

Details of the Summer Programme will be available in the new year (April).


Archived summer programmes

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