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ENGINEERING HERITAGE AWARD
Presented to Lacey Green Windmill by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
on Sunday 14th July 2013
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) have awarded an Engineering Heritage Award (EHA) to Lacey Green Windmill, with the citation shown on the plaque below. This is the 86th Engineering Heritage Award since the first one was awarded in June 1984.
Lacey Green is the first windmill to be awarded an Engineering Heritage Award (EHA), so we naturally feel very honoured, and are very pleased that the citation not only mentions that the windmill is the oldest Smock Mill in the UK, but also mentions the 15 years of major restoration work that was carried out to save the mill.
An iMechE EHA is a very prestigious award, and we join a list which includes Tower Bridge, Hawker Siddeley Harrier, Locomotion No 1, Thames Barrier, Tees Transporter Bridge, Rolls Royce RB211 engine, Channel Tunnel and Eurostar, SS Great Britain, Vickers Wellington Bomber, HMS Belfast, Quarry Bank Mill, Jaguar E-type, Falkirk Wheel, Mallard Locomotive. Although a couple of the other recipients (Eling Tide Mill and Wortley Top Forge) are on sites that were in use before 1650, the wooden machinery at Lacey Green Windmill is undoubtedly the oldest actual machinery amongst all the current recipients of an EHA.
90 people were at the windmill on Sunday 14th July 2013 to see John Wood (Chairman of the Heritage Committee of iMechE) present the EHA plaque to Barbara Wallis (on behalf of the Windmill Restoration Committee). To see a fully illustrated report on the presentation ceremony click here. To read a pdf of the full text of the speeches made at the presentation ceremony, click here.
Extra displays had been arranged for the day, such as this series of photos showing the windmill in its various conditions from 1900 to date.
LINKS ON ENGINEERING HERITAGE AWARDS
List of Engineering Heritage Awards List on Wikipedia [but maintained by iMechE] of all winners of an Engineering Heritage Award, to date. (www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engineering_Heritage_Awards) (This link is set to open in a new window or tab)
LINKS ON ENGINEERING HERITAGE AWARD No 86 (Lacey Green Windmill)
Presentation Ceremony - Illustrated Description A page on this web site with photos of the presentation ceremony on 14th July 2013. (www.laceygreenwindmill.org.uk/EHA-Presentation.htm)
Presentation Ceremony - Text of Speeches (pdf) The full text of the speeches made at the presentation ceremony on 14th July 2013. (www.laceygreenwindmill.org.uk/EHA-Presentation-Speeches.pdf) (This link is set to open in a new window or tab)
Video of Presentation A 34 second video of the actual presentation is available on YouTube, courtesy of our volunteer photographer. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAQYirmnoz8) (This link is set to open in a new window or tab)
IMechE Press Release A Press Release issued on Monday 15th July by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. (www.imeche.org/news/institution/all/2013/07/15/Lacey_Green_Engineering_Heritage_Award) (This link is set to open in a new window or tab)
BBC TV South News Report A BBC South (Oxford) TV News report of 2 minutes on the windmill's EHA was included in the local news bulletin at 18.30 on Friday 12th July 2013. It is available to view on the Institution of Mechanical Engineers web site. (www.playitback.org/player.aspx?f=425&c=679) (This link is set to open in a new window or tab)
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This page was last updated on 4th October 2013.
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