Visit to Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Jim Erskine, left, presenting the branch chain of office to Robert Bell

THE Scottish branch held their first Technical evening of the new session on Wednesday 5th September and the first action of the night was the handing over of the chain of office from our retiring president, Jim Erskine, to the new Branch President for 2018 / 2019, Robert Bell (who is also National Vice-President).

The first meeting of the branch was held in Summerlee Heritage Centre, which is on the site of the original ironworks and where you can still see evidence of the blast furnaces that used to operate between 1836 and 1930.

Robert introduced our guide for the evening, Mr Justin Parkes, Industrial Heritage Curator for CultureNL. Justin gave a brief outline of the site layout and also its history, and then branch members and guests continued on a tour of the centre including the external remains of the blast furnaces.

The visit was very well presented and received by the Members, so much so it proved very difficult trying to find & round everyone up at the end of the evening.

Robert extended a vote of thanks to our host and his colleagues, who kindly stayed to help.

Summerlee, in his opinion, is a 'must see', for people interested in our industrial heritage, with many exhibits including machinery from local businesses, ‘miners rows’ (Cottages), a mine and a working tramway. "I would highly recommend a visit if you are in the area" he added.