Shelley’s Steam Engine
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Shelley’s Steam Engine

Steam Engines, Ships and Poetry Percy Shelley is mainly remembered as an idealistic, revolutionary son of a baronet. Shelley is seen as a vegetarian poet that eloped twice and then drowned aged 29. On the face of it Shelley seems an unlikely person to build a steam engine and a steam ship. Mary Shelley wrote…

Back at the British Library!
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Back at the British Library!

What a relief to get back to the British Library. Six months away! I’ve felt it and I didn’t realise just how essential to my life a library was. At the time of writing Cambridge University Library is open only for collection and it’s the same story with the ARU library as well as Cambridgeshire…

Sheffield Archives Research
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Sheffield Archives Research

The instructor didn’t care. I was sixteen and there would be no immediate effects from the toxin. From then on I worked with asbestos daily at work. The gaskets we cut with snips, hammers and ball bearings to fit the pumps and pipework were made from asbestos. Asbestos also lagged the steam chests of old…