Photo: Dock and Tunnel, Boulby Alum Works — © Peter AppletonPhoto: Dock and Tunnel, Boulby Alum Works — © Peter Appleton

Goods In – Goods Out: A look at the work of the Alum Ships

Join local historian Peter Appleton as he casts light on the remarkable journeys of the Alum sloops.

What was the egg pot used for and why did the ship’s captain suddenly vanish on the eve of departure? Come down to Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum to find out as we host our annual Tom Leonard Memorial Lecture, this year entitled: Goods In – Goods Out: A look at the work of the Alum Ships. On Saturday 17th September, 2:00pm, join local historian Peter Appleton as he casts light on the remarkable journeys of the Alum sloops and the parts these small vessels played in international events and local communities.

This Autumn, the Tom Leonard Memorial Lecture looks back at the turn of the 18th Century and the activities of the ships which serviced the alum works. From his analysis of archive sources, Peter Appleton unveils the hidden stories of an overlooked industry by shedding light on the patterns of activity shaped by small communities and global events. Learn why alum trade to the continent sprang suddenly to life in 1783, discover the ships’ cargo, where they hailed from and where they exported alum to. Goods In – Goods Out also features intriguing insights into the human elements behind the alum and shipping industry, shedding light, for instance, on the three-week voyage which took three months.

Jean Banwell, Education Manager at Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, says: “We are delighted to continue our highly popular lecture series this year and are thrilled to host Peter Appleton whose lecture offers a unique and fascinating insight into our local industries, communities and people.”

The lecture will last approximately an hour, for further enquiries please contact Jean Banwell, the Education Manager, by emailing jean@ironstonemuseum.co.uk or call 01287 642877 (be prepared to leave a message).