History of Structural Engineering Study Group

The History Study Group was set up to discuss historical aspects of structural engineering, particularly in relation to the evolution of present day engineering methods, to learn from history to solve today’s problems and to understand old construction methods and materials. 

Membership is open to all who are interested in the history of construction, not just structural engineers. Inspired by the interests of the Group, the Institution set up an annual history lecture - the James Sutherland history lecture - which is held every year in February. A list of the past Sutherland History Lectures is available here.

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Forthcoming meetings

  • Meetings will start again in September

Recent Topics

  • Castles and city walls of the North: conservation and forensic engineering
  • The Evolution of early structural iron in China, Russia and Wales
  • Robert Maillart: reinforced concrete revolutionary
  • Charles Drake and the concrete house
  • Architectural dilettantes? The buildings of British Engineers in India 1600-1900
  • Some New Zealand bridges
  • St Paul's: surveying the fabric
  • Any old iron [Sir Joseph Bazalgette's wrought iron coal sheds at Deptford Pumping Station and framing of the Belvedere of Halton House]
  • Fairbairn's iron girder bridges
  • S Pearson and the relationship between civil engineering and photography
  • 19th century laminated timber arch roofs
  • Thin concrete shells in France before World War 2
  • Repair and refurbishment work at Dudley Zoo
  • Restoration work at Dyrham Park near Bath
  • The new HMS Victory support structure
  • Sir John Hawkshaw - master of materials
  • The Roman Walbrook and its legacy
  • Who designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge? Fact and fiction
  • Historic gasholders in Italy
  • Henry Scott, RE, designer of the Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Museum
  • Fox Henderson
  • Luxcrete
  • Arched viaducts
  • The Structure of the Georgian London House
  • Sir John Wolfe Barry: Tower Bridge to the BSI - engineering pathways
  • William Marriott: engineer of a Norfolk railway and a pioneer of reinforced concrete
  • The Chain Bridge, Budapest web archive

Previous study group meetings and events

If you are interested in joining the History Study Group, please contact:

Andrew C Smith MA CEng MIStructE
5 Tavistock Terrace
London
N19 4BZ                               
020 7704 6920
07913 405693

hsgconvenor@acsstructures.co.uk



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