Industrial Heritage Group
The Industrial Heritage Group is now well into its fourth year of operation and it has covered a surprisingly wide range of talks and visits. The philosophy of the group is that its members research a particular topic then give a presentation to the whole group. The group focuses their studies on Kent’s industrial heritage but occasionally stray further afield. Subjects planned for the coming months include Rope making, Kentish Timber, Kent railways, and Concrete Ears - more about this in a future article!
Over the past couple of months the group have had well researched talks about the Crossness Pumping Station, the history of Kent railway development, and Pillboxes – the latter a fascinating account by Steve Bird on why pillboxes are scattered across the countryside near Sevenoaks and the political and military reasons why they were expected to be needed.
Our talk on the complex history behind the development of Kent’s railways was by an invited speaker, Tony Riley, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the topic as well as a great collection of old photographs he kindly share with the group. It was fascinating to hear about how our railway structure was created especially as it was undertaken with no government funding and without an overall blueprint! He has kindly agreed to come back to give another talk and lead a guided tour this summer!