Events Programme

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

Winter Programme 2014/15


10th October
Grimsby Ice Factory - Making ice for the world's premier fishing fleet
Chris Lester
Built in 1901 to provide ice for the flourishing fishing industry, Grimsby Ice Factory closed in 1990. It is the last surviving example of industrial-scale ice-making with its equipment still in situ. Chris will chart the history of the building, illustrate its equipment and talk about plans for its future preservation.
14th November
NIAG Annual General Meeting
this will be followed at approximately 7.45 pm by
The Northampton to Peterborough Line Remembered
Richard Deacon
Fifty years ago in May 1964, passenger services on the Northampton to Peterborough railway line ceased. Richard, vice-chairman of Cogenhoe & Whiston Heritage Society, looks at the history of the line with its industrial offshoots and using photographs, traces the line, eastwards out of Castle Station, featuring particularly his local station of Billing.
5th December
The Pearl Button Trade
George Hook
The Hook family has been associated with the pearl button trade in Birmingham since 1824. George’s talk covers the history and techniques of the trade, as well as the involvement of Birmingham people and there will be a hands-on look at some samples.
9th 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.
13th February
Alexander Ellis Anderson - A Scottish architect in Northampton
David Adams
Wandering around Northampton, it is surprising how many of its industrial and other buildings were designed by the subject of this evening’s talk. David will talk about the life of A.E. Anderson, who began his architectural career in Northampton in 1893, and tell us about his buildings, most of which still stand today.
13th March
The Great War through the Magic Lantern
Kevin Varty
Using original glass slides, Kevin will show how images of the Great War shown on the home front were heavily censored by the government. Such censorship did not apply to American photographers and a selection of early American slides reveals images of the war not seen on the home front. The use of original equipment ensures that the slides are viewed exactly as they would have been during the war.

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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