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Programme for 2014

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The programme for earlier years can be found here: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

DATE
SUBJECT
PRESENTER
December 3rd Restoration and Operation of Paddle Steamers
A brief history and explanation of why, despite the alleged superiority of the screw established by HMS Rattler's towing HMS Alecto backwards in 1845, paddles were favoured for some applications and built for more than 100 years after that; illustrated using preserved vessels, with a few examples from expeditions to the Swiss lakes. Roddy told us of his experience of preservation, using mainly the Kingswear Castle story, but with points relating to the Waverley.
Roddy McKee
November 5th The Season
Geoff is an amateur photographer specialising in Natural History who took early retirement enabling him to pursue his hobby of photography). The presentation included Pictures, music, birdsong and chat.
Geoff Lunn
October 1st Sustainable Construction - A Case Study of the 'Monet' Bridge'
This is a case study of state of the art construction of a 'Monet' style bridge. The bridge was required to look like the one in the French impressionist painter's garden - even though it would be some 11.5m long. Sustainability was the key requirement for the design, construction, maintenance and eventual removal of the bridge at the end of its life. Chris described the sustainable construction, how it was achieved and the design and construction of the bridge.
Chris Shaw RMS Member
September 3rd 3D Printing
Robin outlined the principles of 3D printing, and explained the process of designing and printing an object using his own 3D printers to give a practical demonstration. Parts of one had been printed on the first. He stated what home 3D printers currently available can, and can't, do. Limitations include the surface smoothness which is dependant on the stepping distance and nozzle size.
The machine uses the Arduino controller.
He suggested software for anyone who is inclined to take up the technology and have a go at doing it at home: Art of Illusion, Skeinforge, Slic3r and Pronterface controller. A useful website is RepRap.
Robin Hiley
August 6th The work of 'Electrical Safety First'
Philip talked about the work of the charity 'Electrical Safety First' (formerly the Electrical Safety Council, ESC ) in promoting electrical product safety initiatives in the home and workplace.
Philip Buckle
July 2nd The History of Epsom Coaches
Since 1920, Epsom Coaches has been at the forefront of passenger travel in the UK. Steve took us through the fascinating history of the Company and gave us an insight into today's highly diversified business.
Steve Whiteway , Managing Director, Epsom Coaches
June 4th William Cobbett
The lecture outlined Cobbett's life and times and discussed his relevance to the issues of today.
Dr Richard Thomas Vice Chair of the William Cobbett Society.
May 7th AGM and The Wealden Iron Industry.
The talk explored the raw materials, technology and historical development of the iron industry in the Weald of Sussex, Kent and Surrey, from pre-Roman times until the early-19th century.
This was followed by The RMS 25th Anniversary Buffet Lunch a cold finger buffet with a glass of wine or soft drink and a 25th Anniversary Cake for dessert.
Jeremy Hodgkinson
April 2nd The History of Dennis Vehicles
The fascinating history of our local specialist vehicle builder, Dennis, based in Guildford, from its beings to the present day. Best known for its fire engines, the company was founded over 100 years ago and started by making bicycles and later, cars. Other major product lines were buses, dustcarts and airport service vehicles.
Roger Heard
March 5th The East India Company
The Foundation Stone of the British Empire
In 1600 The Medieval Guild of Merchant Adventurers established a joint trade association, 'The Governor and Company of Merchants of London Trading into the East Indies'. Queen Elizabeth I gave Royal Assent to the Company, which she saw as Britain's answer to the Dutch and Portuguese trading Companies. Within 100 years the Company, by then known as The Honourable East India Company, had established trading links with India, China, and the Spice Islands. From that base of foreign influence began the seeds of the British Empire. Young men by their thousands joined the ranks of the Merchants, Administrators and Armies making their fortunes.
Janet Bateson
February 5th The Flying Boats of Southampton - Ships of the Sky
An illustrated talk, which recalled the Golden Years of the commercial flying boat era, when Southampton and its Empire flying boats led the world. It covered from the beginnings of the service in 1913 to the swansong in the 50s and later.
Colin van Geffen Aviation Artist & Enthusiast