Michael Sayer
1979, Vol. 12, No. 1,


For this special edition of Studies in Design Education Craft and Technology, devoted to the theme of Education in HistOlY of Technology, we have a broad range of contributions from a variety of practitioners in the field. The industrial working museum is a recent phenomenon: few of those who made and saw the film - now a classic - The Titfield Thunderbolt in 1952 ever thought it would become a reality so soon; a branch-line saved by the local community and operated with historic stock and equipment. Yet such working conservation is now operating on a nationwide scale: Ironbridge will soon be the only place making traditional wrought iron; Manchester has the last working self-acting spinning mule, Stafford the last steam-powered waterworks, Brighton its Victorian pumping-station and training wokshop on restoration engineering.

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