Heavy Metal workshops

John Fowler WorkshopFree archive workshops for steam and tractor history enthusiasts were created as part of the project. They were designed to help enthusiasts research the history of an engine and find out more about the firms that made them.

The workshop packs are available to download as pdfs

These popular workshops based on the Museum's engineering archives were introduced during the Heavy Metal and Monument projects a few years, and they have been continued since then.

Of interest to owners and restorers of engines and machinery, engineering enthusiasts and students, museum curators and collectors, these workshops provide a relaxed atmosphere in which to:

learn something of the business background behind the archives the nature of the collections that the Museum holdshow to access them a chance to get some hands-on experience

Above all, the workshops are a time for sharing our different experiences. Because of that each workshop is different, even if the basic format is the same.

Led by Caroline Gould, Deputy University Archivist, and Jonathan Brown, Honorary Fellow, we currently have six workshop titles:

Ransomes of Ipswich

John Fowler of Leeds

Wallis & Steevens

Marshalls of Gainsborough

Engineering drawings

The agricultural engineering industry an introduction

The workshops are run three or four times a year. Numbers attending each one are strictly limited, and their popularity means it is best to book early.

We are planning the following sessions:

12 October 2012 Discovering Engineering Drawings Jonathan Brown

23 November 2012 John Fowler and Co (Leeds) Ltd Jonathan Brown and Caroline Gould

22 March 2013 Wallis and Steevens Jonathan Brown and Caroline Gould


Each workshop runs from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, and the cost is £25 (tea and coffee are provided, but make your own arrangements for lunch).

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