Saturday 13th February 2010
at the University Museum of the History of Science
Broad Street, Oxford
The Exhibition ran from October 2009 to 21st February 2010
for details see
[from the article by Richard Brown in Link No. 224, Spring 2010:]
About two weeks before the date, Jim Bennett, from the Museum of the
History of Science in Broad Street, invited us to put on a display
on Saturday, 13 February. They were running an ongoing exhibition
called "Steam Punk". It was such a prestigious site with many
visitors, we just couldn't turn it down. So Joy and I went to the
museum to see Jim and took some photographs of previous displays.
On one he picked out the Model of the Combe beam engine and asked if
we could display that. The display would be on the top floor, up
two long flights of stairs with no lift so only small models could
be displayed as they had to be carried. Anyway, we agreed hoping
that the Society would also agree.
I needed a theme and thought perhaps a bit of education on the
history of steam would work, particularly as it had been agreed
that we could have the Combe model. If you remember, on the cover
of the Link a while back, Joy printed some illustrations of the
development of steam power. We printed A4 copies of Hero's
Aeolipile, Branca's implulse turbine, Savery's pump and Newcomen's
engine together with descriptions and explanation of how they
developed. We then displayed the next development, the beam
engine, then Simon Mulford's Stuart 7a single, Brian Holland's
and Doug Turner's Stuart Turner twin engines and the final
development of the steam engine, David Turner's Triple.
To illustrate other uses of steam, we displayed, Len Bergamasco's
Allchin traction engine, Savile Bradbury's steam hammer, Simon
Mulford's Alice class Hunslet and John Whitfield's pinnace power
plant. Another use of steam was illustrated by a small train on
a length of Ivor White's track comprising of Joy's GWR i400,
Ivor's mineral wagon and Martin Rant's GWR brake van. To show what
goes into building a loco we displayed the sectioned boiler from
the club house and David Price's part built Rob Roy with Doug
Turner's Complete Rob Roy.
Finally, to illustrate the wide range of work carried out by members
we displayed Len Bergamasco's Lyre Skeleton Clock.
It was well worth putting on the display even though it was hard work.
Denis transported the models and stand to the museum on Friday evening
and we set everything up then. The Museum opened at 10 am and we
eventually broke the stand down about 5.30 pm. There were over
1700 visitors to our gallery and over 2000 persons visited the
Museum on the day. Denis arrived about 6 pm to transport everything
It was a very tiring day for everyone. Our thanks must go to all
who helped set up and break down, those who helped steward the stand
during the day and particularly to Denis and Simon for transport and
help with carrying exhibits up and down the stairs.
[Pictures by Jim Bennett]