You may have seen an appeal on BBC’s ‘Look North’ recently and from Peter Dillon at our last talk for anyone with Parsons’ works connections to look out objects from any of the Heaton works as well as photos and stories or memories.
Turbinia, designed by Sir Charles Parsons and staff
An exhibition is being planned in Birr, Ireland (where Charles Parsons was born and grew up) to commemorate 130 years since the Heaton works were opened and the organisers are looking for help from Heaton. Ruth Baldasera from Siemens says:
‘Did you, or one of your relatives work at C A Parsons or Parsons Marine or Grubb Parsons? Do you know anyone who knew a member of the Parsons family and do you have any anecdotes? Do you have any photographs, documents, brochures, newspaper cuttings or letters? Were you awarded with any objects at retirement perhaps which you are now happy to part with? Was there anything you made for an ornament, a bespoke item perhaps that contains part of a Parsons machine?
For example –
Pressure gauges from the test house which we know people took home and made into clocks etc
C A Parsons identification plates which people made into signs and coffee tables etc
100 year commemoration plates and booklets
Old bits of blades / blade roots used for example to make desk ornaments
Anything about the restoration of Turbinia
In particular we are desperately seeking a photo of Sir Charles son Algernon George, and the icing on the cake would be to find his war medals.
And we’d like your photos and stories.
Please email Parsonsheritageproject@gmail.com