Notes and news — April 1970
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This one-day conference, organised by Enfield College of Technology on Saturday, 14th March, was attended by some 60 people and held in the pleasant surroundings of Capel House, north of Enfield. In the morning session, speakers considered the present state of recording and preservation — what is being done and what needs to be done. Dr Norman Smith of Imperial College spoke of Britain's tremendous contributions in the technological and industrial fields, and emphasised that many forms of industry (especially those less 'glamorous' such as heavy industry) had been neglected, as had certain periods. He suggested that the 20th century had already generated as much in the way of industrial remains as all past centuries, yet little has been recorded.
Denis Smith followed with slides of Britain's most important industrial monuments, including a wide selection of Telford's works, illustrating his important contributions to the development of transport and communications. Aubrey Wilson in a tape-recorded contribution described and illustrated many industrial relics in the London area and he too stressed the urgent need to study modern industry's remains. Frank Atkinson reviewed methods of preservation in-situ, in a conventional museum, or in an Open-Air or Living Museum such as he himself is establishing in North-East England.
After lunch, the conference split into three study groups to consider the current situation in Transport, the Gas Industry, and Machine Tools. Conclusions were presented at a final session, from which emerged two common needs; more co-ordination and more action — now.
A final word of gratitude to the organisers, in particular for the production of a substantial and most readable handbook for the conference, containing papers by all the speakers and study group leaders.
The Society has recently become affiliated to the Transport Trust. One of the aims of the Trust is to safeguard historical material (including plans, drawings, etc.) related to all forms of transport. The Trust is currently playing an important part in the fight to keep the collection of relics at the Museum of British Transport, Clapham, in the London area. GLIAS are wholeheartedly behind the Trust in their fight.
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