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The SCI London Group have arranged private tour of this unique Museum in on the South Bank area, London. The event starts with a group lunch at The White Hart, just two minutes from the Museum at 12 noon. After lunch, the group moves to the Kirkaldy Testing Museum for the 2pm tour.
Places are limited so please register, with the payment for the museum entry fee, member's guests are welcome. Lunch at the White Hart Inn (optional) is to be paid for on the day. Full details will be emailed after registration.
David Kirkaldy's Testing and Experimenting Works in Southwark Street, London, opened in 1874, and houses Kirkaldy's unique Universal Testing Machine - the huge hydraulic powered machine he designed and built. It was where experiments took place on materials to determine their strength.
Manufacturers sent materials from all over the world to be tested. Components for the Skylon (1951 Exhibition) were tested here, accident analysis work inspected materials from the Tay Bridge Disaster and the Flight 781 De Havilland Comet crash. The Kirkaldy works activities were worldwide reaching from HMS Dauntless, via Eads Bridge in Mississipi, Hammersmith and Albert Bridges in London, all the way to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The museum presents the story of the family who ran the business for almost 100 years and of the wider development of materials testing with many unique testing machines used on display in the original building.
Kirkaldy Testing Museum
99 Southwark Street
The White Hart - for lunch
22 Great Suffolk Street
About 10 mins walk from London Bridge, Waterloo, Blackfriars Stations - or closest Tube is Southwark Station, Jubilee Line.
Note that the Kirkaldy Museum is very close to the Tate Modern - which opens until 10 pm on Saturday - why not take in the Tate after the Museum Tour.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561
Tickets cost £8 for SCI Members and their guests - tickets include tour fee only. Lunch to be paid for on the day.
Places are limited so please register in advance.
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