Next Meeting: Living & Working in Antarctica

halley station

Monday 18th October - Andy Smith

Andy SmithAndy Smith worked with the British Antarctic Survey from 1970 to his retirement in 2005. He spent two winters, 1971 & 1972, at the Halley Base (now Halley Research Station) acting as base commander in 1972. A dozen summer visits have been made since then.

Halley Base is situated on the Brunt Ice shelf, approximately 1.2 metres of snow accumulates each year. Buildings on the surface become covered and eventually crushed by the snow, necessitating periodic rebuilding of the station. This part of the ice shelf is also moving westward by approx. 1km per year. There have been six Halley stations built so far. The first four were all buried by snow accumulation and crushed until they were uninhabitable. Various construction methods have been tried over the years, from unprotected wooden huts to steel tunnels to the present-day distinctive modular design on hydraulic skis.

Andy’s talk will include an introduction to Antarctica, what it is like to live and work there, how that has changed over the course of time. Topics will include, getting there, clothing, transport, and communication, the types of work and leisure activitives.

Not an evening to miss, thermals optional !

Past Meeting: Bentley Boys

Flappers1920s 58a346bd3df78c4758d56c59It is always a little tense preparing for the first meeting of the year. Have we forgotten anything after a three month break? Will the new season be as good as last year? Will there be as many members? And the first meeting of the year this time was different from usual. It was the first meeting after eighteen months, not just three months. To cap it all we had a subject that was rather different from the usual programme - The Bentley Boys. Yes, it was history. It was a story of the Jazz Age, the Roaring Twenties, when “Anything Goes”. Would our members be interested in this aspect of history?

Pre-Covid we would expect to have over a hundred people at an average meeting. The first meeting of the year is normally less than that, say 80 or 90, because people are on holiday or away for other reasons. But Covid had changed the environment. Were some people still suffering after effects of the virus? Would people want to come to an indoor meeting? We took soundings and decided that we hoped we would

Read more: Past Meeting: Bentley Boys

At a glance: Meetings 2021 - 2022 Season

emmeline pankhurst manchester

Emmeline Pankhurst statue unveiled in Manchester 14th December 2018

Season 2021 - 2022

  • 20th September:  David Skillen - 'Bentley Boys'
  • 18th October: Andy Smith -  'Living & working in Antartica'
  • 15th November: Andrew Simcock - 'The story of the Pankhurst Statue'
  • 13th December (2nd Mon.): Craig Wright - 'A History of Rose Hill Station'
  • 17th January:  Frank Pleszak -  'Second World War bombing of New Mills and Hayfield'
  • 21st February: David Kitching - 'The history of Norbury Colliery'
  • 21st March:  Ted Hancock - 'Queen Victoria’s visit to Sheffield in 1897'
  • 25thApril:  AGM &  Prof. Hannah Barker - ‘History through objects: what samplers tell us about the past’