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Southern Branch

Public Lecture Programme 2014-2015

The meetings are planned to be held in lecture room PO 1-11*  in the University of Portsmouth’s Portland Building on St James Street commencing at 6.30 p.m. Some on street parking is available locally but there is a charge for use of the adjacent University car parks.

Date and Room Location

Subject and Speaker

Tues 21 October 2014  in PO1-11                          

‘Magnificent   Men in their Flying Machines’ by Peter Webberly

Tues 18 November 2014 in PO1-11

‘Railways and Warfare’ by                                   Bob Otter

Tues 9 December 2014 in PO1-11

‘Military Railways in East Africa   During WW1’ by Henry Gunston

Tues 20 January 2015 in PO1-11

‘Gunpowder Engines; Fact or Fiction’ by        Geoff Smith

Tues 17 February 2015 in PO1-11

'Phaetons to Phantoms' by                                 Clive Barham   Carter

Tues 17 March 2015 in PO1-11

‘Strength Appraisal of the Iron Bridge’ by         Carl Brookes

Tues 21 April 2015 in PO1-11

‘Frank Hornby and Mechanical Toys –   Britain, Germany and the USA, 1880-1950’ by      Deborah Jaffe

Tues 19 May 2015 in PO1-11

Presidential Address  - ‘Conservation Ethics in Practice’ by   Geoff Wallis


*Room Code: PO 1-11 means Room Number 11 on the First Floor of the University’s Portland Building. Please see for Building locations.

For further information about the lecture programme and/or the Newcomen Society please contact the Southern Branch Chairman Dr Bob Otter, 54 Southbrook Rd, Havant, PO9 1RN tel: 02392 483888  email: 

or visit the Society’s web site