Vale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group

The VWHIAG is based in South Oxfordshire near Wantage.

It is a member of the Council for British Archaeology – South Midlands Group

and the Oxfordshire Local History Association

Diary dates for 2019

Wednesday 12 June – R101 Disaster and the Broken Elevator CableBryan Lawton

HMA R101 came down and was destroyed by fire near to Beauvais, France, with only six survivors, and the disaster ended British involvement in the development of large airships. The conclusions reached by the subsequent Court of Inquiry left some doubt regarding the cause of the crash, and consequently several alternative theories have, from time to time been published. None have discussed the possible role of the broken elevator cable, largely because the Court of Inquiry concluded that it was irrelevant. The possibility that the broken cable may have been responsible for the disaster is examined here and it is shown that it fits rather well with the physical evidence from the wreck, and computer modelling of the crash confirms that it gives a simpler and more plausible explanation of the disaster. The reasons why the Court of Inquiry rejected it, believing that the cable broke after the crash, are discussed.

Wednesday 17 July – London Underground by Design – Paul Joyce

This talk looks at the Underground’s built estate in the streets of London. It starts with the first station at Praed Street, Paddington, and the disruption it caused to everyday life (echoed today by the building of the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail)) moving on to the south where LSWR and Southern Railway architectural influence was in evidence. Other areas of the underground railway network are covered including the headquarters of London Transport at 55 Broadway and the development of signage, typefaces and the LT roundel logo.

Wednesday 21 August – Annual Dinner 19:00, The Fox, Denchworth

All events except the Annual Dinner take place at Denchworth Village Hall, Barn Close, Denchworth, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 0EZ starting at 19:30

Any requests for particular subjects or offers of a presentation for future meetings would be welcomed.

Membership is only £15 for single and £25 for double.

If you would like to come as a guest to any of these meetings (requested donation £3) you will be most welcome.

More details of the events may be found in the Events Diary


Chairman: Bruce Hedge

Secretary: Martin Buckland

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