Wick-IA2018-booking-form Wick 2018 tour programme

A conference on industrial archaeology takes place in the North Highlands on 22-27 June. For the outline programme please click at the second heading above. The Scottish Industrial Heritage Society and the Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group are among the partners in delivering the conference. We have been working towards this with local providers and local and national heritage groups for several years. Booking details are at the link above. For those that require it, we have arranged coach transport from Inverness to Wick and back, besides tours in Caithness and a day in Orkney. You can now pay by cheque or by BACS to Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group http://www.svbwg.org.uk/events.html or you may go to the Engine Shed and  book by eventbrite

In the 50th Year of the Foundation of Euratom (members being the EU and Switzerland) we will look at approaches taken towards documenting the heritage of Dounreay. We will also see active lighthouses, stone quarries and engineering industries, besides many beautiful vernacular fishing stations, harbours, doocots, and corn mills. We will access the diesel power station in Kirkwall (1953) and a private domestic power station in a water mill of 18KW (1935). We hope that this event will contribute to the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018 promoted by Europa Nostra.

The Saturday Wick programme is now available in draft at this link. A key lecture on the role of Caithness in the defences of Scapa Flow will be sponsored by the Association for Industrial Archaeology. Other sponsors are indicated in that programme. Offers of short papers can still be received for the Highland Marketplace after the tours. Pecha-Kucha format, or Gutta Percha as we say, has 20 slides each of 20 second length, allowing 7 minutes per presentation. More conventional talks of 6-10 minutes may still be accommodated, as well as display tables.

Further information from Mark

Balfour Battery Hoxa Head Orkney