Town, gown (and clergy): how the University and town Gas-Light company lit up Cambridge
Saturday 19 September 2020, 9.00am to 10.00am BST
Local resident Dr Gordon Davies (Robinson 1991) invites you to rewind 200 years to get a different view of Cambridge, when the construction of a gas works ushered in the area's first industrial revolution. The University & Town Gas-Light Company transformed how Cambridge looked, lived and worked. What are the lessons of Cambridge's energy past for its energy future?
- This pre-recorded video is available on the Cambridge Museum of Technology's YouTube channel
Dr Gordon Davies (Robinson 1991)
After completing doctoral research in history and archaeology, Gordon has spent over 20 years working in the technology industry. As a resident who lives on the site of the former gas works in Cambridge, Gordon has researched the 19th- and 20th-century history of the University & Town Gas-Light Company from sources including: Cambridgeshire Archives, Cambridgeshire Collection and the University Library Map Room.
As a volunteer at Cambridge Museum of Technology, Gordon produces a webinar series that explores the industrial history and archaeology of the city.
Harriet is the Collections Manager for the Centre of Computing History, Cambridge.
As a volunteer at Cambridge Museum of Technology, Harriet has co-presented a "floating museum" river-tour of the Cam, in which she has researched local industrial sites - from breweries to brick kilns - as well as the Cambridge gasworks.
Geoff is a retired gas engineer with extensive international experience in building and managing gas-utility networks.
As a volunteer at Cambridge Museum of Technology, Geoff has presented the history, physics and engineering of energy utilities, researched energy-utilities equipment within the museum's collection, and has also created wood carvings from illustrations of the early industrial revolution.
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