Watford & District Industrial History Society



“Victorian Cliff Lifts”

David Cooper takes us through the story of Victorian and Edwardian inclined cliff railways from 1875 onwards.

 OCTOBER 20, 7.30pm

 "Eric Lomax: The Railway Man, War and Peace”

Dr Michael Bailey was a personal friend of Eric Lomax, and will talk about Eric Lomax’s interest in railways and engineering before the war. There was  a recent film about Eric Lomax – “The Railway Man” starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.

A joint meeting with Stephenson Locomotive Society.

This lecture will be PRECEDED by the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, hence the earlier start time of 7-30PM


Another selection of old films from Frank Banfield's collection.

Come and enjoy a variety of nostalgic movies, silent, black and white, or even with sound!


“The story of Navigation”

Jeremy Batch returns with a new talk about the history of navigation from 2000BC to 2000AD.

After the talk, it's our social time sampling a delightful spread of nibbles and hot drinks always brought in by our members. Do join in this convivial gathering.

JANUARY 19, 2017

 “When boats flew”  - A History of British Airways.

Adrian Constable's talk will not just be about flying boats, but a history of British Airways from the very beginning of commercial aviation, through enforced government ownership, the Great Depression and the privations of wartime, and finish with a nod to BOAC and BEA.


 "Joseph Locke" - Victorian Contractor extraordinaire.

Fred Hughes will describe the life of Joseph Locke, FRS, MP and President of The Institution of Civil Engineers. Locke was responsible for the design of the London to Southampton railway, the first Trunk railways in France and the lines from Lancashire to Scotland. 


 “Gustav Eiffel”.

David Smith will enlighten us about a familiar French name. Best known for the Eiffel tower in Paris  Eiffel was an accomplished Engineer, Entrepreneur & Builder of many bridges.