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1/20 Good afternoon. I’m Antony Firth and I’m going to tweet about ‘Steel on the Seabed’. I’ll be referencing work with @HistoricEngland @HE_Maritime @honor_frost @SouterNT @HeritageFundNE @citizan @IoSIFCA @tynetotees @ukchp. Many thanks to all & to organisers of #SWOS20! Image
2/20 By ‘Steel on the Seabed’ I mean #shipwrecks from the period c. 1850-1950 – a period of numerous radical transformations in ships but also in the communities whose lives they touched. These historic steel artefacts within the marine environment still reverberate. #SWOS20
3/20 In 1832 before most were even built, Lyell surmised ‘It is probable that a greater number of monuments of the skill and industry of man [sic] will be collected together in the bed of the ocean than will exist at any other time on the surface of the continents’. #SWOS20 Image
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1/ Hello, I am Beth Griffiths, a PhD candidate and ex-tinplate employee. I am going to talk about the links between the steel and tinplate industries, the changing role of women within the tinplate works and the industry's fight for survival during the last forty years. #SWOS20 Image
2/ Steel must be used as a base for tinplate to be made. The steel manufacturer and hot rolled coil (H.R.C.) processor is normally the same plant but not necessarily. With a global company the steel could be made in India and the H.R.C. could be processed in south Wales. #SWOS20 Image
3/ Advances through technology enabled continuous working. The process itself follows the original route from steel to tinplate - pickling, cold reducing, cleaning, annealing, secondary rolling, coating and optional cutting. #SWOS20 Image
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1/16 Hello I’m @JoanHeggie from @HistoryTeesside & this thread considers how the sudden & definitive closure of SSI’s blast furnace & steelworks at Redcar, England in 2015 impacted on the sense of identity for those who had worked there, their families & wider community #SWOS20 Image
2/16 The Redcar site is huge: not just former SSI site. Also PD Ports, Redcar Bulk Terminal, British Steel Lackenby (Jingye). SSI works (c.900 ac) distributed across site: challenging for future development. Iron/steelmaking since 1870s. Last blast furnace on Teesside. #SWOS20 Image
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1/19 Thanks @louisemiskell and @steelworlds for having me. I'm Matt Bristow and I'm a landscape archaeologist and local historian. I split my time between the @VCH_London at the @ihr_history and @HistoricEngland. This morning I'll be taking you to Corby New Town #SWOS20
2/19 Corby retains a certain notoriety in the UK. A 1st phase New Town, devastated by closure of the steel works, it is perhaps best known for its isolation following the closure of its railway station and its strong, enduring link with Scotland #SWOS20…
3/19 In this paper I'll examine the physical development of Corby after 1950, arguing that its status as a New Town and the its phases of expansion, were entirely the product of the needs of the Stewarts & Lloyds steel works and that it was really a New Town in name only #SWOS20
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1/15 Thanks @louisemiskell ! I will be looking at Port Kembla; an industrial town in New South Wales, Australia. I am returning to research I did 20 years ago preparing a 2nd edition of my book. Tweeting from GunaiKurnai country in SE Australia @FedUniAustralia
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2/15 Port Kembla (PK) industrialised from 1900. Hoskins Steel works relocated from Lithgow production from 1929. New company, Australian Iron & Steel Pty Ltd (AI&S) was taken over by Broken Hill Proprietary (BHP) in 1935. By 1921 PK pop was 1,622. 4,960 by 1947
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3/15 My work focused on intersection of localism, class, race, and place. The arrival of steelmaking started a long process that overwhelmed town boundaries and had important social and political implications. The proximity of Wollongong esp. had important ramifications
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Hello. This thread investigates the impact of industrial closure on the meaning of place through the case study of the Bilston Steel Works, a small town in the Black Country conurbation of the West Midlands, during the 1970s to its eventual closure in May 1980. #SWOS20 1/15
Moving beyond retrospective remembering of deindustrialisation, the thread captures the immediate lived experience of industrial decline. The focus is on the changing meanings of place and the relative speed at which a politics of nostalgia entrenched itself. #SWOS20 2/15
By the mid-1970s, BSW was an island of an older economic order not only nationally but within the wider Black Country. Against this backdrop, BSW was central to the Bilston and Black Country economy, with a workforce increasingly drawn from across the region. #SWOS20 3/15
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‘Commemorations in Steel’ #SWOS20 Hi – I am Dr Gethin Matthews, a senior lecturer @SwanseaHistory, and I am particularly interested in war memorials in Wales – I ran a project kindly funded by @LivingLegacies3 – which gathered information about them 1/17 Image
In the aftermath of WW1, people sought to commemorate loved ones who had served in the war. An enormous variety of memorials were established by communities, eg. schools, chapels, clubs, workplaces & I believe these are more interesting that the ‘official’ memorials #SWOS20 2/17 Image
I have information on this map regarding 22 memorials established by metalworks in south Wales.… Some were non-ferrous, but over half dealt in iron or steel #SWOS20 3/17 Image
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1/14 Hello, I’m Louise Miskell, historian and PI on the Social Worlds of Steel project @SwanseaUni. I’ve been researching the social world of the workplace and asking: How did workers cope with the hot, noisy and sometimes dangerous environment of a steelworks? #SWOS20 Image
2/14 Their physical experiences of work often went unrecorded in official records but oral testimony, memoir and visual material is full of sensory detail of the heat, scale, noise and danger they encountered. I’ll be using some of these sources in my talk today. #SWOS20 Image
3/14 Steelworkers' clothing and footwear was the main interface between their body and the environment of the workplace and key to mitigating these hazards. Shoes were usually the highest cost item of workwear. The same pair, worn every day, outside work too, had to last. #SWOS20
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1/15 At over 900ft above sea level, perched on a fellside in a landlocked corner of north west Co. Durham, the town of Consett is not the most likely of locations in which to found what was to become one of the largest plants in the global steel industry #SWOS20
2/15 There is a long tradition of iron smelting & steel production in the Derwent Valley dating back as far as C13th, with remains of a C17th furnace at Allensford to the north west and the more complete C18th site of Derwentcote steel furnace to the north east #SWOS20
3/15 In 1840 when the Derwent Iron Company established its works at what was then Conside, the area had no easy access to a deep water port, no major road links, no direct access to a mainline railway nor easy access to a navigable waterway #SWOS20
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