The Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society is based at Montrose Museum and was formed in 1836, making it the second oldest Antiquarian Society in Scotland. It provides a focal point for those interested in the local history, archaeology, and the natural world of Montrose and the surrounding area. The main activity for the Society centres around a series of talks that take place on the second Tuesday of every month between September and April. These talks are open to all, not just to our members. To see the full programme of talks for the season, please click on Programme above.
Membership is open to anyone, the annual subscription being £15.00 which entitles the member free entry to all eight monthly meetings. Meetings are held in Montrose Museum at 7:30 pm. Visitors are welcome at £3.00 per meeting. School age children are admitted free. Please contact us if you wish to find out more about joining.
At the next meeting of the Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society, which will be held in Montrose Museum at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, 13th November, Pip Hills will give a talk entitled “The Entropy Engine”. Pip will give an account of this extraordinary engine which was invented about 1816 by Robert Stirling, the minister of Galston parish in Ayrshire. Attempts to get this engine to do something useful came to little throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries and, despite a huge research effort, there wasn't much progress until William T Beale of Athens, Ohio, in the 1980's invented the Free Piston Stirling Engine, an extraordinary device whose hydrostatic gas bearings and linear alternator mean it will not wear out and could theoretically run almost for ever. NASA has spent some hundreds of million of dollars over the last 20 years developing this, as a power source of deep-space penetration and, ultimately, a stardrive. Pip will have two working engines at the talk. His book about the Stirling Engine will be published next year.
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