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Science Short: ‘Wire in the Blood’ with Sandy Robertson, Archivist for Webster & Horsfall Limited

June 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

£4 – £5

Webster & Horsfall is famous for the development and manufacture of steel wire and steel wire rope. Founded in Birmingham nearly 300 years ago it continues to produce steel wire today. The company has influenced world history in subtle but remarkable ways. It was founded before the age of steam and was amongst the first to use steam as a source of power. This talk will cover the history and development of its products which includes the manufacture of the wire for the first successful Trans Atlantic Telegraph Cable in 1866 and the invention of Locked Coil winding ropes which revolutionised deep cast mining world wide. Today the Company is also leading the Midlands commercial development in alternative energies and low carbon emission technologies at its Tyseley Energy Park site adjacent to its works.


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June 11
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
£4 – £5


Birmingham and Midland Institute
9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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