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STICK Conference 2017

The 2017 conference will be held Perth Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 29th September 2017. The subject is 'Realising the Benefits of Our Industrial Collections'. The conference flyer can be downloaded here and our full conference programme is available here

Places can be booked via eventbrite. Please note that tickets are £15 (Concessions £10) which includes lunch and should be paid on the door.


STICK Conference 2016

The 2016 conference was on the subject of 'Unsung Heroes of Our Industrial and Technological Heritage'. It was held in Edinburgh at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 28th October 2016. 

Inspired by the new science and technology galleries at the National Museum of Scotland which opened in July 2016, the conference explored Scottish innovation in science, technology and industry by redressing popular misconceptions and bringing lesser-known heroes into the spotlight.

Conference programme can be viewed here.

STICK Conference 2015

The 2015 conference was on the topic of Collecting Steam.  It was held in St John's Episcopal Church Hall, Greenock, on 17th October 2015.

Conference programme can be viewed here.

STICK Conference 2014

The Annual Scottish Transport and Industry Collections and Knowledge network Conference took place on 18th October 2014 at the McManus Collections Unit in Dundee. The topic was 'The Scottish Diaspora: International Mobility of Industry, Technology, Ideas, Products, People'.

Speakers & topics included:

  • Mark Watson, Historic Scotland, Dundee Jute and the French Connection
  • Dr Douglas Harper, Bridges in Nepal: The Aberdeenshire Connection
  • John Martin, The Brewing Archive, Scottish Brewing: International Links
  • Dr Miles Oglethorpe, Historic Scotland, Glasgow Cranes: the Japanese Connection
  • Meg Luckins, Scottish Ironworking: the Russian Connection 

Resources from the day are available here.

STICK conference 2013

The Annual Scottish Transport and Industry Collections and Knowledge network Conference took place on Saturday 19th October 2013 at Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, Geddes Room, Riddle's Court, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh
'FORM OR FUNCTION: What is more important?':
Industrial design and its impact on our perceptions of our past, present and future.
Speakers included:
  • Prof. John Hume (RCAHMS)
  • Dugald Cameron (former Director, Glasgow School of Art (GSA)) The Art of Engineering     
  • Nick Oddy (GSA) The Bicycle - design/function/perception
  • Rosemary Watt (Glasgow Museums)  Museums and Industrial Design
  • George Gilbert (Gilbert Associates, architects) 3-D Modelling and its uses for engineers, architects and designers
  • Rowan Brown (National Mining Museum of Scotland) A Museum Curator's Experience of 3-D Modelling
  • Louise Innes (National Museum of Scotland) The New Design Gallery at the National Museum of Scotland   
  • Helena Britt (GSA) Interwoven Connections: The Stoddard Templeton Design Studio
A detailed programme is available here.

STICK thinktank 2012

The 5th Annual STICK conference took the form of a discussion thinktank and was held on Saturday 20th October at Riverside Museum, Glasgow.  

The theme was Cultural Heritage Policy and its impact on industrial and transport heritage. Resources from the day will be made available here soon. This round table discussion covered heritage policy and its impact on the industrial and transport historic environment, museums, archives and survey with special reference to Scotland.

The event was be chaired by Professor John Hume OBE.  The speakers included: 

  • Sir Neil Cossons (leading authority on the industrial heritage and currently Pro-Provost and Chairman of the Council of the Royal College of Art)
  • Dr Robin Chesters (Director, Almond Valley Heritage/Industrial Museums Scotland)
  • Andrew Fleming (Director of Policy and Legislation, Historic Scotland)
  • Kiara King (Implementation Group, National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland)
Download the full programme.
Resources from the day are available here.

2011 Conference 

Some of the talks and presentations are available to download below.

09.30 – 10.15 Coffee and Registration 

Morning Session (Chair: Justin Parkes, Vice-Chair, STICK)

10.15 - 10.20 Alexander Hayward (NMS) Welcome

10.20 - 10.30 Miriam McDonald (RCAHMS) Taking Stock of STICK

10.30 - 10.55 Gordon Masterton (Babtie, RCAHMS) Engaging the Engineering Professions

10.55 - 11.15 Klaus Staubermann (NMS) Collections, Skills, and the Public: George Wilson and the Industrial Museum of Scotland

11.15 – 11.25 BREAK 

11.25 – 11.45 Justin Parkes (Summerlee Museum of Industrial Life) Monuments Fellowship: Machine Tools Project

11.45 – 12.10 Colin Tennant (Historic Scotland) Knowledge Transfer; Traditional Skills for the Future

12.10 – 12.30 Rhona Rodger (McManus, Dundee) Recognition-funded whaling project

12.30 – 12.45 Questions

12.45 – 14.00 LUNCH (delegates to make own arrangements)

Afternoon Session (Chair: John Hume, RCAHMS)

14.00 – 14.20 Lorraine Kika (Development Officer, Heritage Lottery Fund) Heritage Lottery Fund – Supporting Transport and Industrial Heritage

14.20 – 14.50 Group Discussion

14.50 – 15.10 Report back from groups

15.10 -15.30 John Hume (RCAHMS): Round up session – feed-back from discussion, ideas, issues and next steps

15.30 CLOSE