Freight Transport History Workshop: University of Reading – Friday 24th November 2017

The Society is organising, jointly with the Centre for Institutions & Economic History, University of Reading, a day-long Workshop on Freight Transport History.
It will be held in Room 1L16 of the University Agricultural Building (#59) from 10:00 to 16:30. This is on the University’s Whiteknights Campus.

Use this link for the  University of Reading Whiteknights Campus MapThe nearest campus entrance is the Earley Gate (for sat navs use: RG6 7BE).

The speakers are:

  • Keith Harcourt & Peter Tatlow, Movements in freight haulage — the impact of vertical and lateral movement on intermodality.
  • David Turner, Barrels rolling free: modal shift in the brewing industry, 1900-1914.
  • Nigel Sheppard, War surplus lorries — is it a case of a bus at the South Pole?.
  • Richard Simmons, Little Frictions — the operation and efficiency of the steel industry’s intra-urban freight transport in nineteenth-century Sheffield.
  • Mike Clarke, Early canal investment in Europe and England.
  • Grahame Boyes, From BOTTOMS to TOPS: the impact of the computer on the development of British Railways’ freight business.
  • Peter Brown, Some thoughts on competition between canals and other transport modes in the 19th century, based on the experiences of the Shropshire Union Canal and its predecessors.
  • Jorgen Burchardt, The transition from rail to road in the Danish co-operative retail chain FDB, 1945-1980.

Use this link for a copy of  Workshop Programme

There is no charge for the workshop, but attendance will be limited to 60, and it will be widely advertised.  Booking is essential, and a reserve list will be in place.

All Enquiries & Bookings to Fabian Hiscock, by e-mail to or by post to him at 101 Byewaters, Watford WD18 8WH, by 4 November 2017.