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The Newcomen Society

The Newcomen Society  was founded in 1920. and is the oldest society in the world specialising in the history of engineering and technology. Since 1920 it has published over a 1000 papers which are an invaluable archive of original research material for historians and available on-line. The  Society takes its name from Thomas Newcomen (bap. 1664, d.1729) who invented the first practical working steam engine, but its interests are broad and international, embracing all aspects of engineering from ancient times and the great inventions of the 18th and 19th centuries through to the sophisticated technologies of the 20th century and into the digital age.

Website & Archive

The Newcomen Past Papers Archive is now fully accessible on-line and free to members.  Access to the archive is based on the ability to sign in to the system and this in turn requires you have both valid membership and working email address. To sign in, go to the top right hand corner of this page. In the event that you do not have an email address, the Society recommends you go to www.gmail.com and create a free email account and then advise The Newcomen Society of your email address by emailing it to the Membership Secretary at: membership@newcomen.com

Guests can preview the papers and purchase, for a small fee, if interested.  To visit the Past Papers Archive please click here . The new system is also based upon the use of an email address as this will in turn enable the Society to deliver a much improved service, and over time, additional facilities. If you come across any specific issues in accessing the archive please email office@newcomen.com

 

  • Forthcoming Events

    Feb
    1
    Wed
    2017
    7:00 pm Neath Abbey Ironworks @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Neath Abbey Ironworks @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Laurence Ince: Neath Abbey Ironworks
    Feb
    8
    Wed
    2017
    5:45 pm Newcomen Society AGM @ LONDON: The Dana Centre,
    Newcomen Society AGM @ LONDON: The Dana Centre,
    Feb 8 @ 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
    The AGM followed by Julia Elton’s lecture: Who designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge: Facts & Fiction
    6:00 pm Who designed the Clifton Suspens... @ LONDON: The Dana Centre,
    Who designed the Clifton Suspens... @ LONDON: The Dana Centre,
    Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
    A lecture by Julia Elton
    Feb
    16
    Thu
    2017
    7:30 pm Rolling Round the World @ BRISTOL: BAWA
    Rolling Round the World @ BRISTOL: BAWA
    Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    A lecture by Ewan Hewitt: Rolling Round the World
    Feb
    17
    Fri
    2017
    7:00 pm ON THE HISTORY OF CABLE CARS: CE... @ LONDON:
    ON THE HISTORY OF CABLE CARS: CE... @ LONDON:
    Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE       A lecture by Francisco A. González Redondo. On the 8 August 1916, the first cable car for passengers of North America opened to the public at Niagara Falls (Canada): the[...]
    Feb
    21
    Tue
    2017
    5:30 pm Ken Barraclough Memorial Lecture... @ SHEFFIELD: Holiday Inn Royal Victoria Hotel
    Ken Barraclough Memorial Lecture... @ SHEFFIELD: Holiday Inn Royal Victoria Hotel
    Feb 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    This is a joint meeting with the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association and the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society. This talk is open to all and there is on site car parking providing you register[...]
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