Edinburgh Study Tour – Part III: Painting the Forth Bridge

Written by Kristin Potterton

The three Forth Bridges viewed from Queensferry. Photo by author.

To complete the study tour, the second day in Edinburgh included a viewing of the Forth and its famous bridge. Having looked at the Forth Bridge construction in previous studies, I was particularly looking forward to this portion of the weekend and it certainly did not disappoint. A clear morning provided an excellent opportunity to take in the 19th-century cantilever bridge and its younger neighbours, the Forth Road Bridge, a 20th-century suspension bridge, and the Queensferry Crossing (currently under construction), a 21st-century cable-stayed bridge. The showcase of bridge technology and history from one vantage point is an impressive sight and well worth the trip. Continue reading

Industrial Heritage Training with Lorne Simpson in the Medicine Hat Clay Industries District

Written by Marilyn Williams

Last June, York Conservation Studies alumnus Lorne Simpson taught a week long Industrial Heritage course offered through the University of Victoria and based in a remarkable setting, Medalta Potteries, an industrial site that is also part of the 150-acre Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District. The district comprises numerous clay industry enterprises, from the remnants of the 1910 Alberta Clay Products pressed brick & tile factory to the fully operational clay supplier, 1962 Plainsman Clays Ltd. The district also includes the adaptively re-used 1912 Medalta and 1937 Medicine Hat (Hycroft) potteries and the recently closed 1885 MHB&TCo (Medicine Hat Brick & Tile) factory, now I-XL. For Lorne, the industrial site also represents a “lifetime of work” – he has applied his conservation skills with the museum, interpretive centre and model community centre for over 30 years – and one of his proudest achievements. Over the ensuing week it would also serve as a collection of real life, ideal case studies with which we would observe and interact first hand. Continue reading