Third Wednesday of the month, starting at 10:00 am.
Please see below …
15th June 2022 - Ian Caskie
SS Great Britain - From launch to ‘re-launch’
In building SS Great Britain, the second of his three great ships, Brunel successfully
combined and adapted the very best of cutting-edge technologies to create the world’s
first transatlantic liner – a true wonder of the Victorian age.
She was the first ocean-going steamship with an iron hull, and the first driven by
a propeller. This extraordinary ship, launched in 1843 as the largest and fastest
afloat, transformed shipbuilding and sea travel for ever.
Ian was born and raised on Merseyside, where he spent many an hour watching the arrivals
and departures at Liverpool’s busy Pier Head in the 1950s and 60s. This led to his
lifelong passion for ships – especially ocean liners. He was a Primary Headteacher
and School Improvement Adviser in Bristol for many years, and has been a Visitor
Experience volunteer with the SS Great Britain Trust since 2007.
Ian’s enthusiasm for his subject is clearly evidenced in his illustrated talk which
tells the ship’s remarkable story from her original design through the different
phases of her working life. It also describes life on board and her incredible salvage
and return to Bristol in 1970, and finally her restoration, preservation and ‘re-launch’
as a multi-award winning museum of international renown.
20th July 2022 - Paul Culshaw
The MRI Scanner - A whistle-stop tour
In this talk Paul will run through the basic principles of how an MRI scanner works
and how we can use it to produce images of the body. By varying how we use MRI scanners
it is possible to produce images of anatomy, the functions of the body and the specific
make-up of the tissues ... the possibilities are almost limitless. The key areas
to be covered include:
What makes up an MRI scanner?
How does it produce images?
A look at human anatomy using MRI
Where can this technology take us?
Paul trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer at the University of Portsmouth, qualifying
in 2005. Since then he has been based in Poole working for the NHS and various imaging
companies. In 2007 Paul concentrated on cross sectional anatomy and took a keen interest
in MRI and this has been his focus ever since. He is currently an MRI Modality Sales
Specialist & Product Specialist for Philips Healthcare. He says that this is a nice
position to be in as he is still able to support the NHS and can also see how technology
is developing and where MRI will be used in the future.