Introduction to the BDAE
The Association membership consists of about 300 people who are or have been involved with or interested in the engineering disciplines. We specifically are not a professional institution though many of our members are professional engineers and as such belong also to their respective particular institutions. This means that we can extend our membership to the wider public who express a genuine interest in all things engineering.
We run a programme usually of seven lectures on the third Thursday of the months of September, October, November, January, February March and April when the AGM is also held.
The council of the Association meets monthly. Each member of the Association is allocated to a councillor and is usually contacted once a month with information about the Association's activities. A news letter is issued annually just prior to the start of the lecture season.
The lectures have over the years covered every discipline and been at various levels of technicality. Attendance is usually between 70 and 150 at each presentation which is normally held at Forum 28, Barrow in Furness. There is often a post meeting visit to a suitable local hostelry to round off the evening. The actual lectures start at 7.30 p.m. and last for up to an hour with up to 30 minutes questions and discussion following. Facilities such as a laptop & projector, slide projector, OHP, video etc. are often used as aids to presentation.
The aim of the Association is and always has been to spread the engineering gospel to the wider audience and not just the committed engineer who already knows how fascinating and vital it really is.