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I should like to begin by wishing you a very Happy New Year from Heritage of Industry!

We are very busy at this time trying to sort out the detailed itineraries for our tours but I am now able to let you know the dates and destinations in the coming year.

We begin on April 21st with another of our very popular Industrial Explorer Weekends when we shall be looking at the area around Dudley and Smethwick in the Black Country. We shall include the iron industry, chain making (including those of the Titanic), glass making, mining, the Dudley Tunnel and more.

On the 16th May you can join members of the Association for Industrial Archaeology on a very exciting visit to Romania. We hope to include the first Oil Refinery in Romania (and only the third in the World), a gold mine, a blast furnace site from 1810 and the vast Astra Museum at Sibiu amongst other sites. In Bucharest we plan to include the Technical Museum and the Palace of the Parliament, the heaviest building in the world.

On the 27th June we add a new tour in the Country House Comfort and Convenience series, this time visiting Bucks, Oxon and Surrey. The Rothschilds were responsible for seven grand houses in the Vale of Aylesbury and we shall be seeing early technologies at three of them. We will include the Tudor home of a great chemicals magnate, the one-time home of Richard Sheridan, the very modest home of a motor magnate and, at the opposite end of the scale, the home of a great military hero and politician.

Finally on 22nd September we shall be in Oxford and its surrounds for our second Industrial Explorer Weekend. The city is much more than dreaming spires, having been quite an industrial centre including an ironworks in the heart of the town as well as being the home of the Morris Oxford and Minor and a famous marmalade factory. Within reach also is the woollen industry at Witney, the town of Abingdon and the Didcot Railway Centre.

I should like to encourage you to visit the website where you can find more details and If any of these take your fancy then register interest there so as to be the first to hear about final details as soon as they are announced.

(If you have already registered interest in any tour then you don’t need to do so again. Note: the Romania list is beginning to build up so get your name down soon as places on that tour will be allocated according to the order of that list)

Best wishes,

Bill Barksfield

Managing Director

Heritage of Industry Ltd

Exploring the Industrial Past for more than 25 years

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January 2016 Newsletter

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