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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.

The Newcomen Past Papers Archive is 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

    Nov
    20
    Tue
    2018
    6:30 pm Development of Fleet Submarine 1... @ PORTSMOUTH Room PO 1.11, Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
    Development of Fleet Submarine 1... @ PORTSMOUTH Room PO 1.11, Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
    Nov 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    A lecture by Duncan Redford: Development of Fleet Submarine 1910 – 1918The lecture is planned to be held at the University of Portsmouth commencing at 6.30p.m.  The building and room will be confirmed in due[...]
    Nov
    26
    Mon
    2018
    6:30 pm The Engineer and the Metallurgis... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    The Engineer and the Metallurgis... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Nov 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Dr David Dulieu: The Engineer and the Metallurgist defeat Heat, Corrosion and Cold – 50 years of technical applications of stainless, heat and corrosion resistant high alloy steels 1913 – 1963
    Nov
    27
    Tue
    2018
    6:00 pm Cold War to Coal Trains @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Cold War to Coal Trains @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Nov 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    A joint meeting with the Computer Conservation Society. Please note start time of 18.00.Jonathan Aylen’s lectureJoint Meeting with Computer Conservation Society:  Cold War to Coal Trains –  TOPS – British Railways’ first computer based train[...]
    Dec
    5
    Wed
    2018
    7:00 pm From Cold War to Coal Trains: TO... @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
    From Cold War to Coal Trains: TO... @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
    Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Jonathan Aylen This paper jointly written Jonathan Aylen, Vice President of the Newcomen Society, and Bob Gwynne of the National Railway Museum reports on British Rail’s adoption of a real-time, nationwide computer[...]
    Dec
    11
    Tue
    2018
    6:30 pm Lecture TBC @ PORTSMOUTH Room PO 1.11, Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
    Lecture TBC @ PORTSMOUTH Room PO 1.11, Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
    Dec 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
     
    Dec
    12
    Wed
    2018
    5:45 pm William Marriott: engineer of a ... @ LONDON Dana Studio
    William Marriott: engineer of a ... @ LONDON Dana Studio
    Dec 12 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A lecture by Alan Hayward: William Marriott: engineer of a Norfolk railway and pioneer of reinforced concrete
  • Overwhelmed by #TheyShallNotGrowOld the colouring of the film footage + the interview voiceovers convey brutality & futility of war. How did anyone survive? #PeterJackson @IWM_Centenary #WorldWar1

    Protecting the Recent Past for the Future | Historic England https://t.co/AHV5VDJpBh # via @HistoricEngland

    Am very pleased to say that I've article in Phil Trans of Royal Society A (!) available via open access

    From theory to engineering practice: shared telecommunications knowledge between Oliver Heaviside & his brother & GPO engineer Arthur West Heaviside
    https://t.co/MRSDdf6e8P

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      The symposium on the technologies associated with White Salt, organised by the NewcomenNorth, will take place at The Lion Salt Works Museum outside Northwich on 20 October. Cheshire salt was known to the Celts and the Romans, but the emergence of Cheshire into Britain’s primary salt source was dependent on the development of the local […]

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