There is a new season of talks in the ‘Science in Radstock’ series and the third Tuesday in September sees the return, after its summer break, of the popular talks organised by volunteers at Radstock Museum.

On Tuesday, September 20th at 7.30 p.m., Andrew Smith, of the Avon Archaeological Unit, will talk about the archaeological investigations of the Nailsea

Glassworks. The Nailsea Glassworks, in its time regarded as one of the most significant glassworks in the UK, was established in 1788 and operated until 1873, when it ceased production. The site then went through a long period of dereliction and piecemeal redevelopment.

The talk will cover: The history of the site and its environs, the archaeological interventions between 1975 and 2002, the technologies that were employed in glass-making and the human story: the impact on a basically agricultural community of, what was in its day, a high-tech industry with very well paid skilled workers and the lives of those workers themselves.

Due to the new ‘Village Histories Exhibition – Pensford, Publow and the Harptrees’ concurrently staged at the Museum, this talk will be held at Radstock Working Men’s Club.

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