Programme of Meetings

Members are requested to inform the contact for the visits, of their
intention to attend at LEAST SEVEN DAYS beforehand.
Events may be cancelled or changed at short notice
Please supply  contact details so that you may be updated 

Forthcoming SIAS Members Events
compiled by Malcolm Dawes

Winter events at West Blatchington Windmill, Hove  BN3 7LF

Non-members welcome £1.00


Saturday 22th February 7.30pm. Film Nite
Returning to a screen near you by popular demand, this informative and entertaining evening of film clips from many sources.
All new (to us) material on too many subjects to mention here.
Do not miss it, put the date in your diary now.

Saturday 14th March 7.30pm. The Selsey Tramway
Illustrated presentation by Joe Whicher covering the history and eventual demise of the Tramway.
Selsey at the southern tip of the Manhood peninsula has only ever had one rather difficult road to gain access to and from Chichester. In the late 1800s the idea of a rail link was considered, and a young engineer H F Stevens was appointed. He was noted for being thrifty and designated the line as Tramway with operating costs kept to a minimum. It was called "The Hundred of Manhood and Selsey Tramway" and in many respects the line resembled a railway. The first train of locomotive and three bogie coaches left Chichester in 1897.
For the next 38 years it suffered several setbacks but played an important part in the development of Selsey and became a much appreciated institution, although its many idiosyncrasies resulted in it being the butt of much humour. Eventually the motor bus gave a cheaper and more reliable service resulting in the Tramway’s closure in 1935.
Very little is left to be seen today. It closed before the advent of colour photography, so the limited surviving pictures are black and white but fortunately much has been written to record the lines quaint history.


Advance dates for your diary

Saturday 2nd May

The 2020 South East Regional Industrial Archaeology Conference (SERIAC)

To be organised by Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society
and held at Goldsmith College, New Cross.

For full details of programme and booking form - When these are available
please refer to:-

Please see the Mills Newsletter for details of Mills Group activities


Selected Meetings of Other Groups

Please Always Check details and that event is going ahead Before Traveling  
In case of bad weather, travel, sickness or other problems.

Other Activities
Amberley Industrial Museum
have a full program of events during the season 
(March to October and Christmas Santa Weekends)

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
Also run a range of courses

These meetings are covered fully in the newsletter and other publications of the society, their appearance here is intended purely as a guide.
Please make your own checks before traveling.

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