We did our
third Zoom talk last Thursday and judging from the feedback from those
who participated it was a very enjoyable event.
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– Michael Batt – A Story of Tiles
second half of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, tiles (but also
bricks and cement), mainly manufactured in Bridgwater, Somerset, were imported
into northern Brittany. The presence of these tiles provided an opportunity
to examine the economic and social context of that period and opened new
perspectives concerning cross-channel trade up until the first world war
between south-west England, south Wales and Brittany. The presence of these
tiles is an interesting witness to our perception and image of local Breton
architecture which was always considered to have been only covered by thatch
– Peter Tamplin – Bhopal seen from the ground
In 2011 Peter
Tamplin and his wife Linda volunteered to spend two months in the Sambhavna
Clinic at Bhopal, India, where survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide factory
explosion are still being treated for free. The incident remains the world's
worst industrial accident but the victims are still waiting for justice.
You will learn how the accident happened, the aftermath and how life in
Bhopal continues to inspire.
– Jane Crisler – The COVID vaccine in historical context
Warp Speed" produced a Corona virus vaccine in less than a year after the
first reported case of the viral infection. How does this feat compare
with previous vaccine development and how was it accomplished without cutting
scientific and safety corners? This 30-minute presentation will be illustrated
with slides and video clips. Bibliography and references for further investigation
would be provided to participants.
– David Worth – Conserving Industrial Heritage in the Twenty-First Century
The first part
of this talk will briefly introduce the topics of industrial arcaeology
and industrial heritage, and then look at the principle organisations involved
today in its research and conservation, both in France and internationally.
In the second part, the talk will focus on the recent re-use of a derelict
century-old grain silo in Cape Town, South Africa. The talk shows how the
importance of the site, while the silo complex was still in operation,
contributed to the retention and enhancement of its cultural significance
as it was re-purposed for its new role as the Zeitz Museum of Comtemporary
Art Africa. Designed by renowned British architect Thomas Heatherwick,
it opened in 2017 as South Africa's first national museum devoted to contemporary
6 May –
Michael Batt – The Roman Aqueduct of Carhaix
the most affluent town in Roman Brittany, was unique in having fresh running
water supplied ty a 27km long aqueduct. Via an illustrated talk we will
follow it's course, look at the techniques used to build it starting from
the springs in Paule (Côtes d'Armor) to the centre of town where
water was distributed. We will look at four different sites along its course
finishing by the remains presented at the interpretation centre 'Vorgium'