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Old 27-09-12, 03:35 PM   #1
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Default British Engineerium open day

http://www.britishengineerium.org/20...open-day-2012/

Don't know what is there now as ISTR many of the interesting 'cabinet' exhibits were sold off, couild be worth a visit if you are in the area just to find out though.

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Old 27-09-12, 03:53 PM   #2
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Just a reminder of some of the history:-


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British Engineerium auction catalogue

NHH wrote:
>
> Just aquired a copy and while googling to remind myself of the story of
> the auction that never was, I came across this news item
> http://www.culture24.org.uk/places+t...ester/art38486
>
> The Engineerium's own site has carried the following statement since
> shortly after the 'rescue':-
>
> "The Trustees of the British Engineerium are delighted to announce that
> the future of the museum has been secured, thanks to the generous
> intervention of a private sponsor. The recently advertised sale of
> exhibits was cancelled at the eleventh hour and a period of intense
> planning has already begun.
>
> The museum will be closed until further notice. But be assured it will
> reopen and the date will be advertised in the press and here on the
> website."
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> I wonder if any other cherries have been plucked from the collection in
> the mean time?
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> NHH


The answer would appear to be a qualified yes. Not cherries perhaps, but
it seems that a couple of years after the rescue, the new owner made a
decision "to retain examples of each type of artefact, and sell similar
examples in order to improve the display and facilities in the museum":-
http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/publi...eadlineNo=3602
Looking at the catalogue:-
http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/publi...&iSaleNo=15858
This unfortunately seems to include pretty much all of the model / small
power IC exhibits, mostly by Edgar Westbury and Stuart Turner -
duplicated or just not 'fashionable'? None of the hot air engines
appear, though of course there may have been other sales. Without these
exhibits I would feel much less inclined to visit the Engineerium again
if and when it reopens.

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Old 27-09-12, 04:12 PM   #3
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It's a wonderful building,but... Isn't this the place where most of the building was turned into high value residential, and a "museum" was retained as a ploy to get the development planning permission. Could be wrong, but it looks a lot like the building I'm thinking of.

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Old 27-09-12, 04:28 PM   #4
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It was all set to be sold up and then this happened http://www.thisbrighton.co.uk/culturengineerium.htm

Apart from the the sale of many of the IC exhibits, I don't know what has happened since. I hope against hope that the hot air engine collection at least has been kept as I have not seen the like of it anywhere else.

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Old 27-09-12, 04:51 PM   #5
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Hmmm... Pretty sure this is not the place I'm thinking of.

Interesting that in your link the "Latest News" dated Jan 2007 was that the museum would reopen that summer!

More to this than meets the eye. Thinks... "tax write-off"

Sadly. I imagine everything that can be moved has been sold.

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Old 27-09-12, 07:23 PM   #6
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I am desparately trying not to be cynical about the rescue by 'local millionaire philanthropist' Mike Holland, but sadly it is not in my nature to take such things at face value.

Thinking about paying a visit to the open day myself just to see - perhaps combine with a visit to Brighton, a town Helen and I have always loved for its contrasting faces

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Old 27-09-12, 08:25 PM   #7
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Default British Engineerium.

The "Renovation Report" on the website sounds good!! I have a copy of the "Old Glory" dated July 2006 which has the original report of the "Auction that never was".
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Old 28-09-12, 09:04 PM   #8
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We visited last year and the hall which held all the trinkets was bare!. Not sure if thats just whilst the building work is going on though.
Did try to get some interest in a small IC gathering there but the head man was very negative, so it maybe him that put the spanner in the works for the IC stuff.
Knowing your not enamoured by 'ot fog' Nick, it may be a waste of time?

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Old 01-10-12, 08:32 PM   #9
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A few of the 'trinkets'.

It's not that I have any particular distain for stationary steam, but there are quite a few museums catering for that sort of thing (eg Kew Bridge, just down the road for me) these cabinet exhibits gave the Engineerium something of a 'USP' worth travellng for.

BTW, anyone recognise the hot air engine in the first pic?

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Old 01-10-12, 09:24 PM   #10
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Nick,

Try googling "Maestrophone" (spelling ?)

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