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        We are delighted to report that our Golden Jubilee Journal won the Association of Industrial Archaeology's prize for the best Society Journal this year, which was presented at the dinner at the Annual Conference at Bridgewater in August. This includes a cheque for 300 for the society.
          Presentation       AIA Award
        Certificate     Peter Brown receiving his

    Congratulations also to our member Peter Brown for winning the Commercial Publications Award for his book on the Shropshire Union Canal. This is published by the Railway & Canal Historical Society and is available from Amazon.
    It must be a record for a small society like ours to win two of the AIA awards in the same year.

    A short review of the society's activities was given at the conference by Anne & Jim Andrews:-

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            After the super weather over Easter I realise it is time for my Annual Report at the start of our Golden Jubilee Year.



            The first lecture in September was given Ian Pell on "Connections" South Staffordshire Railway, Coal & Norton Junction. Ian demonstrated his lifelong interest in his subject which was very well received by our members.

            The October talk by Alan Hill was Part 2 of his previous talk on Water Wheels, part of his theme on "Water as a mechanical agent." Part 2 was on Water Turbines

            John Outram gave the November lecture on entitled "The four lives of Cheddleton Flint Mill." John is a Trustee of the mill and gave us a fascinating talk on the restoration process and an insight into it's management.

            The Christmas Buffet was accompanied by a report on the annual AIA Conference at Nottingham by Anne & I.

            The first talk of 2019 had been meticulously prepared by David Baddeley from the Internet on "Unusual Railway Locomotives". Many of the designs were certainly very unusual and stretched the imagination of even the committed rail experts.

            The Cannock Chase - Cradle of the Industrial Revolution lecture was given by Steven Booth and Paul Green and not David Robbie as originally advertised due to illness. The talk involved an excellent introduction to the geology of Cannock Chase followed by an account of the Rising Iron Industry.

            The March lecture was given by Peter Brown on the Shropshire Union Main Line and Middleweight Branch 1772-1922. He has just published a book on the Shropshire Union Canal and was very knowledgeable on the subject.

            The final lecture on the Milford and Brocton Railway Station was given by Robin Mathams. Anne and I were away on holiday so David Baddeley kindly introduced the talk in a rather cold village hall as the boiler had broken down.

            Our thanks to Roger Francis for organising this varied lecture programme.



            Our members were again invited to the annual Midland Mills Group outing, this year to a number of Nottinghamshire Mills.

            Anne and I attended the Association of Industrial Archaeology, or AIA, Conference at Nottingham, where we enjoyed visits to the Nottingham Caves; Green's Mill; Papplewick Pumping Station; Bestwood Colliery; Taylors Bell Foundry; and many other attractions. The conference had been mainly organised by Marilyn Palmer at short notice, but was excellent.

            Anne & I also attended an AIA Tour to Saxony based on a hotel in Chemnitz previously Karl Markstat.



Journal Number 25 was published in our Golden Jubilee year with a gold cover and coloured illustrations. It included a review of the society and eight articles covering a wide range of topics.  Thanks to Anne for editing the journal and getting it printed.


I would like to thank all the Officers and Committee members of the Society for their hard work, support and friendship throughout the year., especially Roger Francis, our Treasurer and Secretary.

Last but not least I would like to thank all our members for their continuing support and welcome the new members who have joined us during the year.

Jim Andrews

Updated 16.3.2020
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