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Date(s) - 14th October 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Mechanics Conference Centre, Manchester


2017 Clinker Memorial Lecture

William Fairbairn: the experimental engineer – a study in mid-nineteenth century engineering

The 2017 Clinker Memorial Lecture was given at the Mechanics Conference Centre, 103 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD on Saturday 14th October 2017 commencing at 2.00pm.

The lecture, was given by Richard Byrom, and titled “William Fairbairn: the experimental engineer – a study in mid-nineteenth century engineering”.

For a copy of the flyer for the event, giving a brief biography of Fairbairn and some details of the speaker, click  Clinker Lecture Flyer.

An announcement of the 2018 Clinker Memorial Lecture will be made soon.

William Fairbairn (1789-1874)

Mechanics Institute Manchester

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The Mechanics Conference Centre is in the (Grade II*) listed building that  it was built for and housed the former Mechanics Institute of which William  Fairbairn was a founder. It is also where the TUC, CIS and, what became, UMIST  were formed. The interior includes original stained glass and other features (notably ceilings) as well as the boardroom in which the TUC first met.

For further information please contact the NW Group Secretary, Roger Brice at roger.brice1945@gmail.com or by phone on 07702 303242.