Unfortunately, due to a bereavement, Professor Caroline Wilkinson will be unable to speak to us at our next joint meeting with KESS. We are very grateful to Professor Danny Gorman for arranging an excellent replacement speaker at such short notice.
The speaker on Tuesday night will now be Alan Birkbeck.
On leaving school Alan went into Barr and Stroud’s and served
his apprenticeship ending up in the tool room. On leaving Barr and Stroud he served for a number of years in HM armed forces before leaving and working in
varied engineering fields from marine engineer on fishing boats to underground
maintenance engineer. Finally, in 1976 he entered the University of Glasgow
Mechanical Engineering Department and over the next fifteen years worked on
materials testing at the Mechanical Engineering Research Annex and the last
twenty years in the James Watt building, testing materials and high speed impact
with the Ballistics and Impact Group. In 2011 upon leaving the University he
started up Birkbeck Armoury, allowing him to carry on a lifetime’s interest in
weapons technology and fortifications.
He will be speaking to us about a joint project with Dr Tony Pollard, Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at Glasgow University, initiated by the discovery of some “lead spheres” found on the Culloden battlefield site.