Dec 16 2010

STARS: Maxwell’s Equations

Maxwell’s Equations provide a complete description of electromagnetic phenomena and underpin all modern information and communication technologies. They are named after James Clerk Maxwell, the Scottish physicist whose pioneering work during the second half of the 19th century unified the theories of electricity, magnetism, and light. The theory of electromagnetism was built on the discoveries and advances of many scientists and engineers, but the pivotal contribution was that of Maxwell. Today, Maxwellís Equations are the essential tools of electrical engineers in the design all types of electrical and electronic equipment.

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Sep 25 2010

Doors Open Days 2010

For the second year running Glenlair opened its doors to the public as part of the European Heritage Days programme ( This provides an excellent opportunity not only to show what has been achieved here, but also to spread the word about James Clerk Maxwell to a wider audience not necessarily aware of his immense contribution to many of the things we take for granted in our modern sophisticated world. This year we were blessed with two glorious sunny days and visitor numbers swelled to an amazing 131 a 50% increase on last year. In addition to a 45-minute talk and tour by Duncan, tea and cakes were served and these together with the proceeds of a second hand bookstall helped us raise £321 for a local diabetes charity.

The visitor centre is now up and running with copies of pictures by Jemima Wedderburn, photos of Glenlair House through the ages together with a continuously running photo frame of work on the house and large files of papers and publications relating to Maxwell. Again as with last year, there was a lot of interest in the farm steading, especially now that the old stable for four carriage/shire horses has been cleared and an annotated collection of old tools including a butter churn put on display.

Jan 12 2010

The Last Lintel

With snow lying and permafrost deep into the ground, Joe Smith felt that it was an ideal opportunity to replace the missing lintel above the large south-facing window in the west wing, which has been supported by one of my acro-props since the middle of last year. His reasoning, sound as ever, was that the frost would hold the stones in place above the window, whilst he inserted a couple of concrete lintels. He duly arrived at 10 am in his Land Rover, complete with a trailer load of scaffolding, cement and a bag of sand warmed beside his fire overnight and accompanied by his trusty helper, Norman. By 1115, he was shouting for two 7-foot lintels and I was slipping and sliding down the front road in my Land Rover to collect a pair from Castle Douglas. Back by noon, lintels duly delivered and the job complete, equipment stowed and Joe departed at 4.45 pm! Not a bad days work at all.

Joe assesses the situation

Joe assesses the situation

New Lintels in place

New Lintels in place










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