ORDCON 2016 – Saturday 8th October 2016

West Mercia Police Headquarters
Hindlip Hall
PO Box 55
For satellite navigation, please use postcode WR3 8TA.

Cost will be £20.00 per head but free to speakers You may pay via Paypal etc, on ordcon.bookings@yahoo.com, It will include teas, Coffees etc and Buffet Lunch – Do advise any food allergies/preferences

0930 Doors open and registration, Teas Coffees etc

1000 Opening comments and Lifeboat Drill

1005 Updates from Previous Ordcon Talks- Paul Cramer

1015 Jill Evans – A proposal for guidance to Artillery Crews

11.00 Break

11.15 Simon Rupert West London Gunfounders

1200 Geoff Smith – Gunpowder Engines. Before the days of steam, there was an evident need for a means of motive power and gunpowder was an obvious candidate. A search on the internet informs us that Christiaan Huygens designed a gunpowder engine, he did not build it and it could not have worked. The facts are rather different – and the engines’ descendents are still with us.

1245 (Variable) Lunch

1400 Dave Page Pyrotechnics / Incidents – TBC

1445 Early gunpowder, guns and gunnery: How Indian saltpetre and Western technology changed the world – Kay Smith. The talk will outline an international project, combining experimental archaeology, documentary research and artefact studies, to investigate the operational characteristics of medieval and early modern gunpowder, guns and gunnery.

1530 Break

1545 Geoff Smith – examining PYRODEX, NITRO POWDER, BLACKPOWDER using his USB microscope to projector

1630 probable end

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