Programme of Meetings
Members are requested to inform the contact for
the visits, of their
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
Winter events at West Blatchington Windmill, Hove
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
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
Tramways 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
To be organised by Greater London Industrial
and held at Goldsmith College, New Cross.
For full details of programme and booking form - When these
please refer to:- www.glias.org.uk
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,
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
of the society, their appearance here is intended purely as a guide.
Please make your own checks before traveling.