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Notes and news — April 1999

Wilson's lorries

GLIAS member Chris Salaman kindly sent a photocopy of an advert for Wilson's Lorries (GLIAS Newsletter February 1999) from a 1945 Meccano Magazine and yes, they were 4mm scale. There is an illustration of a P'6 kit which cost four shillings and tenpence halfpenny (petrol tank 4d extra). Diecast radiators cost 4d each. An illustrated catalogue could be obtained for a shilling.

Then Wilson's were at number one, Great Winchester Street, EC2. According to Mr Salaman they later moved to Bermondsey. Bob Carr

PS Waverley not to be rebuilt just yet

Waverley at Swanage.  Robert Mason News from Scotland is that the planned rebuilding of the Paddle Steamer Waverley (GLIAS Newsletter December 1997) will now take place from the end of October 1999. This means that if the ship visits the Thames as intended in early October this year she will still be her old self and you will have another last chance of a sail in her before modernisation.

Apparently the delay is due to a change in European legislation regarding passenger vessels. Provisionally Balmoral is to be on the Thames in June but the programme is not yet finalised. Bob Carr

Write to Waverley Excursions Ltd, Waverley Terminal, Anderston Quay, Glasgow G3 8HA, enclosing an A5 size stamped addressed envelope for the full sailing programme which will be sent when ready. The telephone number is 0141 221 8152

Woolwich Arsenal and railways

text to come

Deptford Gas Works

text to come

Pharos Marine and other news from Brentford

text to come

The Lett's Wharf Dust Destructor

text to come

A Guernsey Coincidence

text to come

The Nostalgia Piece

text to come

Pedestrian Subways

text to come

What is industrial archaeology?

What is industrial archaeology? One definition is the study of artefacts since c1600, ie the archaeology of the industrial period, while another is simply the archaeological study of the development of industrial processes. The second definition will take us back well into pre-history. In practice we have a kind of duality.

It has been pointed out that if industrial archaeology is to be the archaeology of the industrial period it is presently incomplete. For instance we do not investigate Victorian ecclesiastical structures. However chapels are included and generally it seems most industrial-period artefacts are being covered so long as they relate to working people. Is it only socially up-market buildings that are being excluded?

Judging by a recent photograph by John Powell in Industrial Archaeology News (a good example of the adage 'a photograph is worth a thousand words' — see issue 107 page 7) the practice of our subject is becoming the preserve of young women. Retired engineers are getting thin on the ground. Future developments are likely to be intriguing. Bob Carr

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