Vintage Spirit June 2024



  • Beamish 2024 - early season gala report
  • Magic Minera - important lead mines
  • A Weekend In Leicestershire – exploring heritage in the East Midlands
  • James Watt: Before & After Steam Engines
  • The Yorkshire Klondike – a unique 19th Entry ironstone industry
  • Bestwood’s Pride – colliery winding engine house all the latest news and event reports

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In this issue


Beamish 2024

David Warren reports on this year’s early season gala in County Durham. Also includes additional photos by Paul Stratford.


Why We Need Heritage Harbours

Henry Cleary, Chair of The Maritime Heritage Trust, looks at the benefits of the Heritage Harbours scheme.


Operation Smash

Jim Gerrard reports on the 80th anniversary of a D-Day training event that went wrong.


Magic Minera

The Minera Lead Mines near Wrexham are one of most important industrial heritage sites in North Wales, writes Bob Weir.


Cyprus Historic & Classic Motor Museum

The island of Cyprus is well known for its sun, sea and sand, but there are also plenty of classic cars still running about. Bob Weir visited the Cyprus Motor Museum, and found plenty of old favourites.


A Weekend In Leicestershire

Brian Gooding looks back on a recent excursion to the East Midlands for a society meeting.


James Watt: Before & After Steam Engines

John Hannavy looks at the ‘other sides’ of the great man’s legacy.


The Yorkshire Klondike

Roger Butler investigates the impressive remains f a unique 19th century ironstone industry at Rosedale in the North York Moors National Park.


Vale of Rheidol’s New Locomotive Museum

Paul Stratford visited a newly opened museum in Aberystwyth.


The War Office And Petrol

Roy Larkin discusses further how the British Army moved to the internal combustion engine for the Great War.


Bestwood’s Pride

Bob Weir visits Bestwood Colliery Winding Engine House near Nottingham which contains the only example of a vertical duplex steam winding engine left in the UK.

Vintage Spirit June 2024


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