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A fascinating lecture on the importance of the winning of Hetton Colliery told by experts in shaft sinking and historic railway links.

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Hetton Colliery is internationally important for two reasons – the sinking of the shaft beneath the magnesian limestone plateau and the building of George Stephenson’s first railway. Alan Auld, an internationally renowned authority on shaft sinking, will consider the first element and Les Turnbull, a leading expert on early railways will explain the second.

The sinking was an important event which led the development of the East Durham coalfield. The challenges to reach the underground coal were substantial, particularly with regard to the difficult geological and hydrological conditions. Human efforts at the time by the miners were colossal, compared with modern day practices, and the sinking, underground mine development and coal winning techniques, using the resources available, was a tremendous achievement. The railway, which employed both stationary steam engines and locomotives, was a milestone in the career of George Stephenson.

Speaker: Les Turnbull

Les Turnbull graduated with honours in history from Durham University and subsequently worked as a schoolmaster, university lecturer and senior education adviser. Upon retirement he has served as a volunteer at the Mining Institute. He is the author of numerous publications particularly on the history of mining and his special interest, the early railways of the Great Northern Coalfield.

Speaker: Alan Auld

Alan attended Heaton Grammar School between 1953 and 1960 where he was in the same class as Les Turnbull. After graduating in 1963 from the Civil Engineering Department in Newcastle upon Tyne he spent three years with Merz and McLellan, firstly for two years in their Civil Engineering drawing office in Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, designing reinforced concrete foundation structures for thermal power stations, and then one year on site at Warrington during the construction of Fiddler’s Ferry power station. In 1966 Alan returned to the Civil Engineering Department in Newcastle upon Tyne to study for his PhD in space structures before progressing to Leeds University in 1969 as a Lecturer in Civil Engineering for four years. Another spell in industry followed from 1973 to 1977 with the firm of Leeds based consulting Architects and Engineers, Gillinson, Barnett and Partners, in their Structural Engineering section before he joined the shaft sinking company Cementation Mining Ltd as their Chief Design Engineer based in Doncaster at the start of the Selby Coalfield shaft sinkings in North Yorkshire. After spending nine years with the company, he left in 1990 to help develop the consultancy company I. W. Farmer and Partners offering specialist technical services to the mining and construction industries in the UK and overseas. The company became Alan Auld Associates Ltd in 1998 and the Alan Auld Group in 2010 with the Head Office in Doncaster and companies in Canada and the USA. Alan has now spent 44 years in the field of shaft sinking, tunnelling and underground mine development, working on projects all over the world and currently acts as a Consultant to Golder/WSP Shafts and Tunnels based in Doncaster after the Alan Auld Group was bought out by them in 2017. He is the author of more than 50 papers and articles published in books, technical journals and conference proceedings, the majority related to the design and construction of underground structures.

17:45 to 18:00 Tea and Coffee

18:00 to 18:50 Welcome and start of lecture

18:50 to 19:20 Q & A Session

19:20 to 19:30 Summary and end of session


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The Mining Institute is an organisation dedicated to the professions of mining engineering, mechanical engineering, mining electrical engineering and related professions. It is the world’s oldest professional mining organisation and was dedicated to training engineers to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding coal mining industry at home in the UK and abroad.

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