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Annihilating Space & Time: 150 years of Transatlantic Telecommunication

Booking is now open for the Society’s symposium on 5 September at the Royal Institution. The first successful working transatlantic telegraph cable began transmitting 150 years ago on 27th July 1866. The history of this remarkable achievement and the developments which sprang from it are explored in this one-day symposium. Further information and booking at: Eventbrite

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

    Aug
    19
    Fri
    2016
    all-day Bristol’s Model Engineering and ... @ Thornbury Leisure Centre, Bristol
    Bristol’s Model Engineering and ... @ Thornbury Leisure Centre, Bristol
    Aug 19 – Aug 21 all-day
    As many of you will know, the Newcomen Society Western Branch will have a stand at this year’s Bristol’s Model Engineering and Model Making Exhibition.  Each year a huge variety of models, from traction and[...]
    Sep
    2
    Fri
    2016
    1:00 pm 300th Birthday of civil enginee... @ National Waterways Museum
    300th Birthday of civil enginee... @ National Waterways Museum
    Sep 2 @ 1:00 pm – Sep 3 @ 4:00 pm
    Friday, 2 September 2016 at 13:00 – Saturday, 3 September 2016 at 16:00 .  On 2nd & 3rd September 2016 at the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port, we are celebrating the 300th birthday of  pioneering[...]
    Sep
    5
    Mon
    2016
    9:15 am Annihilating Space & Time: 150 y... @ The Royal Institution
    Annihilating Space & Time: 150 y... @ The Royal Institution
    Sep 5 @ 9:15 am – 6:00 pm
    The first successful working transatlantic telegraph cable began transmitting 150 years ago on 27th July 1866. The history of this remarkable achievement and the developments which sprang from it are explored in this one-day symposium.[...]
    Oct
    8
    Sat
    2016
    all-day Visit to Sandfields Pumping Station @ Sandfiedls Pumping Station
    Visit to Sandfields Pumping Station @ Sandfiedls Pumping Station
    Oct 8 all-day
    David Moore of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust, who gave us an excellent talk in May about the Cornish Engine at Sandfields Pumping Station, has suggested that branch members might wish to visit it. As matters[...]
    Oct
    28
    Fri
    2016
    all-day Scotland’s Unsung Innovators @ National Museum of Scotland
    Scotland’s Unsung Innovators @ National Museum of Scotland
    Oct 28 all-day
    A joint conference with STICK and the Newcomen Society. Inspired by the new science and technology galleries at the National Museum of Scotland opening in July 2016, the conference will explore Scottish innovation in science,[...]
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    • Annihilating Space & Time: 150 years of Transatlantic Telecommunication

      Booking is now open for the Society’s symposium on 5 September at the Royal Institution. The first successful working transatlantic telegraph cable began transmitting 150 years ago on 27th July 1866. The history of this remarkable achievement and the developments which sprang from it are explored in this one-day symposium. Further information and booking at: […]

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