Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society
Meetings and Activities
Programme for 2020
PROGRAMME OF MEETINGS
Tuesday 28th January
Presentation by Mr. Brian Jackson,
Weymouth to The Channel Islands
A Great Western Railway Shipping History
Tuesday 25th February
Photographic images drawn from the Society’s Summer visits in recent years,
plus any other contributions by members, together with supporting videos, film clips etc.
Tuesday 24th March
Presentation by Mr. Iain Miles
Bogs and Inundations
Reclaiming the Somerset Levels
Tuesday 28th April
Presentation by Dr. Diana Trenchard
Building The Severn Tunnel
Triumphs and disasters
(Yet to be finally confirmed)
Wednesday 13th May
Meet at 1-
A talk and guided tour of Brownsea Island with particular reference to the history and past industries on the island. The tour will commence at 2.00pm close to the reception centre. Meet at 1.45. Costs for 2020 are still to be confirmed but as an indication those for 2019 were -
(if less than 15 this cost will be higher)
There will also be the ferry fare from either Poole Quay or Sandbanks.
On the attendance form please state whether you are a NT member and, if possible, which ferry you will be coming on. As we will be walking virtually from one end of the island to the other please come suitably prepared. You may wish to travel to Brownsea in the morning and spend the day there.
Tuesday 16th June
HILLBRUSH, MERE, BA12 6FE
Meet at 2-
Hillbrush have been making brushes and cleaning materials since 1922 they are the UK's largest manufacturer of brush ware and hygienic cleaning tools. In 2017 they opened a new visitor centre and museum. The visit has been arranged to include a guided tour of the factory which will start at 2.30pm. It is recommended that the museum, self guided, be visited before the factory tour. There is a cafe/restaurant at the visitor centre so those travelling some distance could have lunch there.
Hill Brush is located on the B3095 between the A303 and Mere.
A charge of £3 or £4 will be made depending on numbers which Hillbrush will donate to the Julia's House charity.
Wednesday 8th July
POOLE HARBOURS AND MUSEUM
Meet at 2-
Meeting at the LIFEBOAT museum* at 2PM we shall have a guided walk along Poole Quay led by Gordon LePard, who guided us round Portland Harbour in 2018. He will describe the unusual history of the Ports of Poole, of which there have been many. We shall finish in Poole museum where we can see the remarkable maritime collection. There will be a charge of £4 or £5 depending on numbers plus a donation to Poole museum
The lifeboat museum is near the roundabout at the East end of the quay past the marina. It is NOT at the lifeboat station.
Wednesday 12th August
DAWES TWINE WORKS, WEST COKER, BA22 9AU
Meet at 2-
We have previously visited the Dawes Twine Works and witnessed it's renovation at different stages. The last time was in 2011 when it was still surrounded in scaffolding. The structure has now been restored with the original machinery in place and a diesel engine installed so as the twine twisting process can be demonstrated. A tremendous amount of work has been done since our last visit so this repeat is strongly recommended.
We shall meet at the works at 2pm, a charge of £4 or £5 depending on numbers will be donated to the Coker Rope and Sail Trust.
DIAS Summer Visits
THE 2020 VISIT NOTICES ARE LISTED ALONGSIDE (RH Column)
where you will find information on the Summer Programme for 2020.
Those wishing to attend the visits should add their name and e-
PROGRAMME OF SUMMER VISITS
All meetings (N.B. NOT visits) start at 7-
Opposite County Hall -
For information about The Colliton Club, including menus etc. please visit