At the end of this month, I will be presenting at the Society for Industrial Archeology conference as part of the Historic Bridge Symposium. I will be discussing the Bailey Bridge, a topic I have extensively familiarized myself with through a project at work.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Bailey, it was an essential piece of military equipment during World War II, employed extensively by both the British and American forces. They were constructed in North Africa, Italy, Northwestern Europe, and Asia and heavily supported the Allies on the Western front, including during the invasion at Normandy. It was named after its inventor, Sir Donald Bailey, and it has an interesting development and history.
This week, I’ve been focused on getting my presentation finalized and ready to go. I am very excited to head to Minneapolis/St. Paul for the conference – I have only visited Minnesota via the airport and looking forward to exploring the Twin Cities. I look forward to both the tours and the paper sessions – it looks like it will be a great meeting!