William Armstrong -The Emperor of Industry

William Armstrong -The Emperor of Industry
Speaker - Malcolm Smith

Thursday the 31st of May 7:30pm - £5 on the door.

Although renowned worldwide as a leading industrialist in engineering, shipbuilding and munitions it is sometimes forgotten that William Armstrong is also known as 'The Reluctant Lawyer'. It was the law that was his first vocation and which he practised as a partner in a leading Newcastle firm of solicitors. The talk traces his life and that of his family from a small village in Cumberland via Shieldfield and Jesmond Dene to the imposing Cragside and Bamburgh Castle. He lived through the whole of the Victorian period which saw Britain become the world's most powerful trading nation - a direct result of the industrialisation led by people such as William Armstrong.

Malcolm Smith is a retired Company Director with experience in the Pharmaceutical and Aviation industries. Born in Newcastle, he has lived and worked in Scotland, Yorkshire and Surrey. On retiring he returned to the North-East to pursue his interest in local history, especially Victorian, and flying!

£5 on the door, includes refreshments. Entry is free to those aged 21 and under, thanks to a generous donation from The Hedley Foundation