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Past Meetings

Date

Speaker

Topic

2007



September

Roger Chambers

Preliminary inaugural meeting

October

Bob Mizon

A Tour of the Universe in Space and Time

November

Ray Maycock

Seeing is Believing

December

[Visit]

Wych Farm Oil Extraction Facility (Susie Baverstock)

Date

Speaker

Topic

2008



January

Dr Andrew Nicholson

The Ecology of Purbeck Heathland

February

Norman Burrell

Brief Post War History of Grain Storage

March

Simon Robinson

Climate Change

April

Prof Ken Peach

Particle Physics: Adventures in the Quantum Wonderland

May  *

David Gerry

The Technology of Canals

June

John Hale

The Evolution of Sound in TV Post Production

July

John Ross

Myxomatosis: A nice example of Co-evolution

August


[No meeting]

September

Ian Platt

The History of the Camera

October

Dr Bill Penley

The Early Days of Radar

November

Jim Kerr

Hypnotism

December

Bob Mizon

Comets

Date

Speaker

Topic

2009



January

David Harris

A Physicist’s View of Humanity’s Top Ten Problems

February

Cyril Carr

The Avro Vulcan Bomber

March

Ian Mackenzie

Above or Below Average? Testing at REME 1987-2002

April

Robin Humphries

Agricultural Irrigation

May

[Visit]

Weymouth Sewage Treatment Works

June

[Visit]

Bournemouth  University - Archaeology

July

[Visit]

Canford Heath Nature Reserve

August


[No Meeting]

September

Ben Buxton

British Pre-History: The Scientific Evidence

October

Graham Elmes

Ants and their Guests

November

John Lillington

My Experience in the Nuclear Industry

December

Ian Platt

The Greatest Detective Story in Geology

Date

Speaker

Topic

2010



January

David Harris

How Forensic Science Can Reveal the Truth

February

Barry Wheeler

The Design and Construction of Bridges

March *

Mark Warn

Managing Forests for Timber and Wildlife

April

John Howard

Building a Portable X-Ray System for Security Use

May

Dr Phil Judkins

Echoes of the Past Radar DVD showing by John Hale

June


[No Meeting]

July

[Visit]

Imery’s Ball Clay Processing Plant - Furzebrook

August


[No Meeting]

September

Lynn Insall

Genetic Modification and Food

October

Martin Gregory

Waste Management in Dorset

November

Ray Maycock

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue - Or Are They?

December

David Harris

What is Time? How Do We Measure It?

Date

Speaker

Topic

2011



January

Steve Austen

The Design and Construction of Lifeboats

February

Brian Andrews

The Sandbanks Ferry - An Engineering Story

March

Dr Howard Oliver

From Deep Freeze to Hothouse (with Mrs Sylvia Oliver)

April

Dr Phil Judkins

Bletchley Park and the Enigma Machine

May

Peter Curran

The New Poole Bridge

June

[Visit]

Hall and Woodhouse, Blandford

July

Andy Ramsbottom

Managing Poole Harbour - An Engineer’s Perspective

August


[No Meeting]

September

Dr Ken Collins

The Mary Rose Journey  (with Jenny Mallinson)

October

John Howard

The Origins of the Quantum Theory

November

Alan Bagley

Why Digital? Why is everything going digital these days?

December

Ian Mackenzie

GPS and Digital Mapping

Date

Speaker

Topic

2012



18 January

Chris Copson

The development of Armoured Fighting Vehicles

15 February

Dr David Bacon

Energy in the Universe

21 March

Richard Edmonds

The Jurassic Coast, geology and geotourism

18 April

Dr Phil Judkins

Breakout!” & More Deadly than the Male

16 May

James Fradgley

Tides on Earth

20 June

Nigel Webb

History of Nature Conservation

18 July

Phil Stephens

The Science of Bell Ringing

15 August


[No Meeting]

19 September

Steve Turnock

Extracting Energy from the Wind

17 October

John England

The Royal Naval Cordite Factory, with John Hale (DVD)

21 November

Dr Michael Bailey

Robert Stephenson - The Eminent Engineer

19 December

David Parham

The Swash Channel Wreck

Date

Speaker

Topic

2013



16 January

John Hale

The Evolution of TV Post Production Sound

20 February

Anne & Mike King

Rocks and Landscapes

20 March

Ian Platt

The History of the Camera

17 April

Phil Judkins

“Chess” -  The Science behind the Air War, 1939 - 45

[Presentation Postponed - Rescheduled to 16th April next year]

15 May

Ray Maycock

Memory - Try and Keep it in Mind!

19 June

Geoff Kirby

The History of the Torpedo

17 July

Charles Miller

Surface & undersea drilling operations in the oil industry

20  August

[Visit]

The Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum

18 September

Adrian Harvey

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon: Knee & Hip procedures

16 October

James Fradgley

The Astronomical causes of Global Warming

20 November

David Harris

What is Time?  How do we measure it?

18 December

Geoff Kirby

The History of the Toilet - A light hearted talk!

Date

Speaker

Topic

2014



15 January

Colin Wintle

David Harris

Heat transfer in a nuclear reactor

A physicist at large

19 February

Mike Goater

Coastal Engineering

19 March

John Churchill
John Hale

The First “HS2” - First design of High Speed Rail in UK
The Evolution & Anatomy of Computer Hard Discs

16 April

Phil Judkins

“Chess” -  The Science behind the Air War, 1939 - 45

21 May

Chris Sargeant

Colour Science in the high Street

18 June

Ian Platt

Is the moon a balloon?

16 July

Stephen Irving

Growing Food - How do we feed the world?

20 August

Nigel Webb

Visit: Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

17 September

Pat Murdock

Importance of Rare Earth Metals for modern technology

15 October

John Ives

Zero Gravity

19 November

Jeremy Southgate

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon: Hand surgery procedures

17 December

Geoff Kirby

Optical Illusions  [Change to previously published programme]

Date

Speaker

Topic

2015



21 January

Tony Bates

Making of AV presentations - Dorset scenery & wildlife

18 February

Ian Church

Forensics: “The death by fire of an old lady”

18 March

Gareth Gregory

Application of science and technology to Olympic Sports

15 April

Phil Judkins

Diamond cut diamond: Wireless intercept & enigma in desert war

20 May

Ian Platt

The Earth’s magnetic field and its reversals

17 June

John Hale

Life Story - The Discovery of the Double Helix and DNA

15 July

Sarah Welton

Marine Conservation Locally, Nationally & Internationally

12 August


[Visit cancelled]

16 September

Pat Murdock

The Story of Coal

21 October

Nigel Webb

The History of Heathland

18 November

John Churchill

La Palma - Isle of Dark Secrets

16 December

Geoff Kirby

Breast Health & Bra Comfort

Date

Speaker

Topic

2016



20 January

John Hale

The Birth of Television

17 February

David Harris

The History of Computing - Part 1

16 March

Robert Westwood

Geology of the Jurassic Coast

20 April

Phil Judkins

Before Exocet, Before Cruise - The Hunt for German Missiles

18 May

Jim White

Dorset Grasslands

15 June

Kevin Patience

Scapa Flow – Salvaging the Imperial German Navy

20 July

Mike Waldock

Tributyl Tin – The deadly chemical on the bottom of boats

17 August

Jim White

Field Trip: Dorset Grasslands

21 September

Michelle Spruce

Microcirculatory changes and diabetes

19 October

John Churchill

Design of large Astronomical Telescopes

16 November

Brian Cresswell

Technologies for Tracking Wild Animals

21 December

Geoff Kirby

The Early History of Mathematics

*  Additionally, on 15th May 2008, we had an all day trip to the National Oceanography Centre (part of the University of Southampton), including a cruise on the RS Callista and a tour round the shore facilities with a talk on "Polar Exploration".
*   Additionally, on 31st March 2010, we visited the Royal Signals Museum at Blandford Camp where we were given a talk on "The Technology of Communications".