Events Programme

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

Winter Programme 2015/16


9th October
Spitfires over Castle Bromwich
Mike Gibson
In 1938 construction started on a new aircraft factory at Castle Bromwich to build Spitfires. Later on, Lancaster bombers were also manufactured there. This well-illustrated presentation will look at work in the factory and how it was organised.
13th November
NIAG Annual General Meeting
this will be followed at approximately 7.45 pm by
The Restoration of Wooden Canal Boats
Peter Boyce
Peter Boyce will describe his restoration work with particular reference to three on-going projects: a motor narrow boat built by FMC at Uxbridge in 1948, a wooden butty built by Nursers at Braunston in 1951 and a tug built by Joe Worsey at Birmingham in 1946.
4th December
Mind the Gap!
Jason Cross
Jason Cross takes a look at the London Underground, including the history of the system, how it operates, the buildings and the trains. There are several behind-the-scenes views, and also a feature on a typical 24 hours in the life of the system.
8th 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.
12th February
London Shoe Manufacturers in Northampton
Peter Perkins
Northamptonshire became the most important centre of boot & shoe manufacturing in the UK during the 19th century, so much so that a number of London shoe manufacturers opened factories in Northampton. In this talk we consider why this was and look at the history of some of the companies involved.
11th March
Renewable Energy - Where does our electricity come from?
Emma Rafaluk
Taking a topical slant on one of our major public utilities, this talk looks at how the UK sources electricity, how the National Grid works and assesses the present demands on it. Emma, who works in the renewable energy industry, will also consider the options for meeting energy demands in the coming years.

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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