Joint Events



21st to 24th August 2006

Annual Seminar of the Science, Technology & Society Network at Abergavenny

Two members of Spire U3A (Chris Penfold & Peter Read) and one from Sarum U3A (David Whetton) attended this seminar. In fact there were 43 U3A members from all over the UK attended the seminar.  From Mansfield, Horsham, Wokingham, Rugby, Bexley and Sarum and Spire U3As they came.

Chris Penfold and I travelled together to Abergavenny, a charming town, and the venue that was complete with a fruiting Mulberry tree. There were two lectures every day that had a scientific or technological flavour – but nothing too heavy.  The programme looked at Mediaeval Military Architecture, Diesel Engine Development, Wind, Water and Steam Power, Road Development, Transport in the Future, Ancient Woodworking Tools and Marc and Isambard Brunel.

In addition there were trips to two places.  Firstly we had a coach to the Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagans. Secondly on the Wednesday to the nearby Big Pit at Blaenavon, a living museum to the Welsh Mining Industry, and had the opportunity to go down the pit.  This was an experience well worth while and it was free! The coach then took us to Blaenavon Iron Works for a conducted tour after which there was a short time to explore the ‘book village’ of Blaenavon.

We left with some wonderful memories and we even learnt a bit about swirl and squish in diesel engines!

View of an old Toll Gate in Abergavenny
Abergavenny High Street
Another street in Abergavenny
The Market Hall
The Keep
Medieaval Scene
Abergavenny Castle
More Castle
Abergavenny Keep and Museum
St Mary's Church
The Tithe Barn
Pigeon Holes
Street in Abergavenny
Where we had our social evening
Members enjoying a chat
More chatting
On the coach to St Fagans Cardiff
Bee Skeps at St Fagans
Kitchen tools at St Fagans
Iron age round house
Iron age round house bread oven
Store house
Iron age round house interior
Leather workers tools
Leather workers tools
Tin Baths for sale
Pots for sale too!
And spades.
In the Gwalia Stores
Small house at St Fagans
Barn detail
The Gardens
Horse powered cider press
Old Mulberry Trees
The woollen mill
St Teilo's church just being completeed
The Rood Screen and the painter
The bRead shop.
Toll charges.
Stooks and a slate fence.
Waiting to go down the Big Pit
A dead engine
Still waiting.
Kitting up.
Getting the gen
Yet more gen
Coal wagon
Tag bays
The pithead
The winding shop
The water controlled lift
The Shower rooms
General view of Big Pit
The iron works
The furnaces
View back to Big Pit
Model of the Iron Works
Another view
The casting shops
Blaenavon street
One of the book shops
The working mens institute
The working mens institute side view

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