Ken Barraclough Memorial Lecture & SMEA Members' Dinner

Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association
3 Feb 2011

The lecture and dinner will be held at the HOLIDAY INN – Royal Victoria. Tuesday 22nd March 2011

The Lecture is at the usual time of 5.30 for 6.00.  The SMEA Members’ Dinner will be held at approximately 7.30, after the Ken Barraclough Memorial Lecture.

Stephen Cater, TWI Technology Centre (Yorkshire) will present the 2011 Ken Barraclough Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 22nd March on the theme ’10,000 years of Cutting Edge Technology’.  He will describe the transition from stone to metal tools and explore the development of metal knives and swords by three different cultures to achieve a combination of strength, toughness and hardness.

The wide-ranging presentation will explore the differing technologies. The Europeans (Celts, Vykingr) application of pattern welding dating from the 8th Century BC.  Damascus steel originating in Afghanistan and India using alloyed crucible steels.  The Oriental swords and the skill of the Japanese ironsmiths to make tamhagane steel and fashion and heat-treat laminated blades. He will conclude by considering the metallurgical processes employed today and the potential of emerging technologies.

Members are limited to one dinner guest.  Please return the attached reservation as soon as possible.  The menu is similar to recent years and again represents excellent value at £20, including three course dinner plus coffee, with table wine.


Tomato and Herb Soup with Crème Fraiche
Breast of Chicken with Mushroom and White Wine Sauce
Roast Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables
Strawberry Pavlova with Cream
Coffee and Mints


Please contact : Dr Ken Ridal. 48 Stone Delf, Fulwood, Sheffield S10 3QX.
Telephone:  0114 230 5650.  Fax: 0114 263 0204.  E-mail