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Railways and Reunions – SACU Public Event

October 2 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

This year our AGM will be preceded by a public event which we are delighted to have jointly organised with the Manchester Consul General of the Chinese Embassy.  In brief we are planning a joint event which we will host to mark the 110th Anniversary of the Chinese Revolution.


We will bring together family members of Sun Yat-sen and James Cantlie who played such a critical role in helping Sun Yat-sen when he fled to London in 1896. The event will include:


  • video film of the Chinese locomotive now located in York Railway Museum [James Cantlie’s son was advisor to Chinese railways]
  • Reunion by Zoom between members of Sun Yat-Sen’s family in China and James Cantlie’s family members in UK: to be facilitated by Dr Frances Wood, SACU Vice-President
  • SACU President Michael Wood talks about railway history ‘To change the face of China’, looking at China’s first diplomatic mission to the UK in 1877, and the engineer Rowland Stevenson’s plans for the future of Chinese railways.

Zoe Reed, SACU Chair, will host the event in person.


Because of the time difference and to accommodate the availability of Sun Yat-Sen’s family the event is to be held at 10.30am UK time.


This will be SACU’s first in-person meeting since lockdown so we do hope some people will join us in person but recognise that others may still prefer to attend by Zoom.


This is a free public event in person and online with registration on Eventbrite. We ask all SACU members to please register on Eventbrite to take part whether you intend to join in person or online by Zoom. We will send everyone the Zoom links nearer the time:



October 2
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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