"The Foundry: A Journey Through Time and Industry" Step into the world of foundries, where the art of metalworking has shaped history
Charging a modern blast furnace, Govan Iron Works, Glasgow, c1880. Artist: WD Scott-Moncrieff
Charging a modern blast furnace, Govan Iron Works, Glasgow, c1880. A print from Great Industries of Great Britain, Volume I, published by Cassell Petter and Galpin, (London, Paris, New York, c1880)
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"The Foundry: A Journey Through Time and Industry" Step into the world of foundries, where the art of metalworking has shaped history. From The Iron Foundry, Burmeister & Wain in 1885 by Peder Severin to the iconic Foundry Clock in Middlesbrough during the vibrant 1970s, these glimpses offer a window into a bygone era. Witness the power of innovation as you explore the Bessemer converter at Longwy steelworks in France - a testament to technological advancement. Marvel at the intricate details of a steam hammer's piston and cylinder, showcasing craftsmanship that pushed boundaries. Discover pioneers like Sir Frank Whittle, whose groundbreaking work revolutionized aviation. Feel the ground tremble beneath your feet as you stand before Firth Brown's colossal 5-ton steam hammer at Savile Street and Sutherland Street junction in Attercliffe. Transport yourself through time with Class 40 Diesel-electric locomotive from English Electric Co. , an emblem of progress and industrial might. Experience Stockton-on-Tees' Browns Foundry bustling with activity during its heyday; both Browns Foundry 14 and Browns Foundry 8 are testaments to their contribution to local industry. Finally, pay homage to Messrs Vickers Iron Foundry in Barrow-in-Furness - an institution that played a vital role in shaping communities through employment opportunities and economic growth. Immerse yourself within J Shop - Iron Foundry circa 1924; let its walls whisper stories of dedication and hard work etched into every brick. The foundries have left an indelible mark on our collective memory - symbols of human ingenuity amidst roaring furnaces and clanging machinery. As we reflect upon their legacy, may we continue to honor those who forged ahead against all odds, forever preserving their spirit within these hallowed grounds.