SLHF 2023 Annual Conference: Engineering, Science and Technology

When & Where

This is a Scottish Local History Forum event.
Thursday, 27 April 2023 (All day)
Black Watch Museum, Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, PERTH, PH1 5HR

Event Details

Scottish Local History Forum Annual Conference 2023: Engineering, Science and Technology

Thursday April 27th 2023 at the Black Watch Museum, Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth PH1 5HR.

Join us as we our return to an in-person, full day conference at this historic venue.


10am - 10.30: Welcome, and registration, tea and coffee.

Prof Christopher Whatley: 'Introduction: A short overview of the importance, often overlooked these days, of science, engineering and technology to the rise of modern Scotland and Britain'.

Ian Shearer, Chairman, The Friends of Kinneil:'The Partnership between Dr John Roebuck (Carron Iron Co.) and James Watt at Kinneil House, Bo'ness'

Dr Denis Smith, B.Sc., Ph.D., C.Eng., FIPEM, FSA(Scot), Retired Hospital Physicist: 'The Vital Spark: Electricity as a treatment in mid 18th century Scottish Medicine'.

Andrew Eadie: 'John Ritchie: a forgotten Scottish pioneer of hydro-electric schemes in Scotland at the end of the 19th century'.

12.15 – 12.30
Question & Answer Session, Chaired by Steve Connelly

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch

Steve Connelly: ‘David Gorrie & Son, boilermakers and coppersmiths, Perth: the largest manufacturers of laundry equipment in the world’.

Dr Graham Clark: 'The rise and fall of Scotland's corrugated-iron buildings'

Roderick Stewart: “A Hacklemaker’s Tale”

Question & Answer Session, Chaired by Dr Nicky Small

16.00 Summing up by Prof Christopher Whatley


Ticket Type Price Buy
SLHF 2023 Annual Conference with Lunch - Full time Student £25.00
SLHF 2023 Annual Conference with Lunch £37.50


£37.50 (£25 full-time students) including lunch and refreshments

Event Location

Black Watch Museum
Balhousie Castle
Hay Street

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