Casting Metal, The historic role of local foundries
Casting Metal The historic role of local foundries is a talk by Jim Birch.
Tuesday 27th June 2017 7.30 pm (doors open 7 pm)
Tickets are just £6 each and are available from Museum reception now.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries rural areas of Britain did more than grow corn and raise animals, many had some manufacturing industry. The Vale and Downs were no exception and there were over thirty foundries within fifteen miles of Wantage – which around 1900 was close to being a factory town.
This talk explains why foundries were setup in country areas, looks at the processes and materials involved and outlines the history of a number of local examples, including Wantage Engineering and Nalder & Nalder.
The presentation ends with a demonstration of sand-mould making and the casting of a small component.