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It’s a gas! Conference at BCLM

it's a gas

Friday 10 & Saturday 11 October 2014

On 10 & 11 October 2014 Black Country Living Museum will be holding its first ever ‘It’s a Gas!’ conference exploring the heritage of the manufactured gas industry in Britain and its legacy in the 21st century. Expect fascinating lectures, explosive demonstrations and an evening in the 19th century as you explore the Museum’s canal side village brought to life by gaslight.

Delegates will have a full two days of lectures, tours and demonstrations on the subject with an evening of drinks and dinner at the Museum’s historic pub and cafe. There will also be demonstrations of gas-powered domestic appliances in the Museum’s collections including a range of working gas engines (including the replica Newcomen Engine), the Museum’s cinema gas engine and a 1905 Tangye Gas Engine. During the evening, delegates will be taken to explore the Black Country Living Museum at night, with its authentic street and domestic gas lighting.

Throughout the two day conference there will also be fascinating talks and question panels from specialists, including Dr Malcolm Dick from the Centre for West Midlands History at the University of Birmingham and Dr Leslie Tomory from McGill University. A series of case studies will cover important subject areas such as The Rise of the Gas Cooker, Boulton & Watt and the Sale of Gas Apparatus and more. At the end of the conference, there will be an opportunity to see Newcomen in steam as well as Ross Barlow, the first hydrogen fuel cell narrowboat.

David Eveleigh, Director, Director of Collections, Learning & Research comments, “Gas was first used for lighting in the Black Country in 1816. Today the BCLM is the largest user of traditional gas lighting in the West Midlands and so the Museum is delighted to be hosting this conference which will look back at the history of gas over 200 years but will also look forward to the future potential of gas as a source of power.”

The event is sponsored by H&R ChemPharm (UK) Limited, based in Tipton West Midlands. The business has a long association with The Black Country operating on a site that has for over 170 years been involved in the manufacture of oils and lubricants. Today they blend specialist wax and oils – 80% of which are exported – to meet the exacting requirements of a growing customer base operating in industries as diverse as cable manufacture through to equestrian track surfaces, tyres to cosmetics.

Costs are as follows:

Both days and the evening dinner £150
Cost for both days without the evening dinner £120
Cost for one day £65

For more information and to book call 0121 520 8054 or email bookings@bclm.com.

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