STICK regularly runs events which inclues an annual conference in the Autumn as well as our AGM in the Spring.


Details for our 2024 Spring event and AGM which will be held on 3rd May are below and bookings available via zoom.


Our annual conference will be held on Friday 11th October in Dundee. Call for Papers is now live and the deadline is the 14th June for submissions.


STICK 2024 Conference & CfP

STICK is pleased to share our Call for Papers for our annual conference on Friday 11th October 2024. *Please note due to an already good reponse the deadline has been brought forward to 14th June.* The theme of this conference will be Industrial Heritage Skills and it will be held at Discovery Point home to the world famous RRS Discovery. It is evident that now, more than ever, industrial heritage skills are at risk and it’s only by having these conversations now can we do something about skills retention before they are entirely lost. Earlier this year Historic Environment Scotland launched the Skills Investment Plan in collaboration with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and sector stakeholders such as the Our Place in Time Skills and Expertise Group. This plan aims to ensure Scotland has the skills it needs to promote, manage and protect our historic environment. The STICK conference will explore whether this is the case, what is the status of Industrial Heritage Skills in Scotland today and share different projects and initiatives underway to address the challenges that managing and caring for industrial heritage collections present. We welcome a wide range of submissions. Proposals for papers (20 mins long) might include, but are not limited to, the following: What are Industrial Heritage Skills and why are they important? Identifying skills gaps for industrial collections Training opportunities Partnership working Materials training Overview of who is doing what and where regarding Industrial Heritage Skills The deadline for submissions, max 200 words, is 5pm on 14th JUNE 2024. Please include your full name, organisation (if applicable), title and outline of talk. Proposals for online talks given remotely will be considered if you are unable to travel to Dundee. STICK is unable to provide travel expenses for speakers but their fee for attending the conference will be covered.For any queries, please contact us on

STICK 2024 AGM and Spring Event

On Friday 3rd May, STICK will host its 2024 AGM and Spring Event with two talks about Maritime Heritage Skills from representatives involved in the HMS Unicorn and RSS Discovery ships. Our speakers and their talk titles are: “HMS Unicorn: Past practice and Future challenges” Matthew Moran, Director, HMS Unicorn Museum and Development “Lost skills and Forgotten Materials: RRS Discovery” Jim Mitchell, Industrial Heritage Consulting Ltd The event will also include the STICK AGM and papers relating to this will be circulated to members ahead of proceedings. If you would like to join STICK you can find out more and sign up for our mailing list here . This will be an online event and registration is via zoom here.

STICK Conference 2023: Industry on Film

The Scottish Transport and Industry Collections Knowledge Network (STICK) annual conference was held on Friday 27th October 2023 online. This followed on from the themed conferences STICK held in 2020 and 2021 on Art and Industry and Photography and Industry. Speakers included: The Making of The Big Mill (1963), Justin Parkes, North Lanarkshire CouncilYou Don’t See it Anymore, Tracey Fearnehough & Holger Mohaupt, Room 8 StudioThe Use of Moving Image in Recording Industrial Subjects, Miriam McDonald, Historic Environment ScotlandRevisiting Nuclear Film: Factual, Fictional and the In-Between, Gair Dunlop, University of DundeeOpencast Broadcast: Resurfacing Other Coal Stories, María A. Vélez-Serna, University of Stirling Tickets are FREE and available to book via Eventbrite click here The conference was held online and details of how to access circulated nearer the time.

Snapshot in Time: photography and industrial heritage

Snapshot in Time: photography and industrial heritage STICK held its 2021 conference on Wednesday 17th November 2021 – “Snapshot in Time” – to discuss the importance of photography as a documentation and advocacy tool for industrial and transport heritage.

Burning Issues: The Future of Fossil Fuels in Heritage

STICK’s online Spring 2021 event and AGM fell on 22nd April, also International Earth Day. Focussing on the themes of the future of heritage combustion engines and green initiatives, the event explored justifying, offsetting or sustainably running engines, navigating new climate regulations at local and national levels, funding partnerships, and the future of running heritage engines.

STICK Conference 2020

Our 2020 conference explored art and industry, with keynote Sue Jane Taylor joined by speakers from across the globe.

STICK 2019 Conference Summary

STICK Conference 2019 Summary: 100 Years of Women in Engineering” STICK held its 2019 conference at the Glasgow Women’s Library on November 6th. We welcomed a host of superb speakers and colleagues from heritage, culture, engineering and research backgrounds, as well as interested individuals.

STICK Conference 2019 Call for papers

Call for papers: 100 Years of Women in Engineering The Scottish Transport and Industrial Collections Knowledge Network (STICK) invites proposals for talks (around 30 minutes long) at our annual conference on 6th November 2019 at Glasgow Women’s Library.

STICK AGM 2019 “Watt a Great Idea!”

Watt a Great Idea! 250 years of ethically curating, interpreting and working Watt engines, and the STICK Annual General Meeting

STICK Conference 2018

STICK Conference 2018 The 2018 conference was held at the Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine on Friday 26th October on the subject of ‘Old Heritage, New Uses’.

STICK Conference 2017

STICK Conference 2017 The 2017 conference will be held Perth Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 29th September 2017. The subject is ‘Realising the Benefits of Our Industrial Collections’.

STICK Conference 2016

STICK Conference 2016 The 2016 conference was on the subject of ‘Unsung Heroes of Our Industrial and Technological Heritage’. It was held in Edinburgh at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 28th October 2016.

Out of Africa

Out of Africa: The Quest for a Locomotive for the Riverside Museum A free public talk will be given by Jim Mitchell, Principal of Industrial Heritage Consulting Ltd at 7:30pm on Monday 25 April 2016. The venue will be St. Cuthbert's Church, 5 Lothian Road, Edinburgh. This event is organised by the Wensleydale Railway Association, Scottish Branch. You can find more details on a downloadable flyer here.

STICK Conference 2015

STICK Conference 2015 The 2015 conference was on the topic of Collecting Steam. It was held in St John's Episcopal Church Hall, Greenock, on 17th October 2015. The conference programme can be viewed STICK Conference 2015 Programme

Celebrating Watt

Watt’s The Story? Celebrating James Watt 2015-2019

STICK Conference 2014

STICK Conference 2014 The Annual Scottish Transport and Industry Collections and Knowledge network Conference took place on 18th October 2014 at the McManus Collections Unit in Dundee. The topic was ‘The Scottish Diaspora: International Mobility of Industry, Technology, Ideas, Products, People’.

STICK Conference 2014

STICK Conference 2014 The theme of the conference was the Scottish Diaspora: International Mobility of Industry, Technology, Ideas, Products, People.

STICK Conference 2013

STICK conference 2013 The Annual Scottish Transport and Industry Collections and Knowledge network Conference took place on Saturday 19th October 2013 at Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, Geddes Room, Riddle’s Court, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh ‘FORM OR FUNCTION: What is more important?’

Doors Open Days

Doors Open Days Since 2011, STICK has worked with the Scottish Civic Trust to help celebrate Scotland’s industrial and transport past by highlighting those organisations and sites participating in the Doors Open Days across Scotland.

STICK Conference 2012

STICK thinktank 2012 The 5th Annual STICK conference took the form of a discussion thinktank and was held on Saturday 20th October at Riverside Museum, Glasgow.

STICK AGM 2012 – Steam Engines in Scotland

Steam Engines in Scotland – knowledge exchange STICK ran a knowledge exchange event in May 2012, entitled ‘Steam Engines in Scotland’.

STICK AGM 2012 Newcomen and Beyond

STICK Newcomen and Beyond Event

STICK Conference 2011

STICK 2011 Conference Some of the talks and presentations are available to download below.

ESHSS Conference 2011 – Scotland in Motion Call for papers

Scotland in Motion Conference – Call for papers Economic & Social History Society of Scotland – Spring Conference, Glasgow, 6-7 May 2011 – CALL FOR PAPERS.  Call for papers deadline: 31 January 2011

STICK Conference 2011

2011 Conference

STICK Conference 2010

3rd Annual STICK Conference The third annual STICK conference took place on the 16th October 2010 at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. This year’s theme was: Well oiled: the sustainability of industrial heritage provision in Scotland.

STICK Conference 2009

STICK Conference 2009 Our 2nd annual conference was held at The Scottish Coal Mining Museum, Newtongrange on Saturday 17th October.