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International Early Engines Conference 2017 Newcomen & colleagues’ achievements untainted by the smokescreens of Watt. May 11-13, 2017

Booking now open for this conference at he Ironworks, Elsecar, South Yorkshire   May 11-13, 2017.Further details and bookings at:
www.earlyengines.org/ieec-2017-conference/

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

    Jan
    4
    Wed
    2017
    7:00 pm Adam Heslop’s Engines @ Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Adam Heslop’s Engines @ Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Jan 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Lecture by David Hulse & Mike Potts: Adam Heslop’s Engines
    Jan
    11
    Wed
    2017
    5:45 pm R101: Why did it Crash? @ The Dana Centre,
    R101: Why did it Crash? @ The Dana Centre,
    Jan 11 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A lecture by Dr Bryan Lawton. HMA R101 came down and was destroyed by fire near to Beauvais, France on 5th October 1930, with only six survivors. The disaster brought to an end to British[...]
    Jan
    17
    Tue
    2017
    1:00 pm The Presidential Address @ Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
    The Presidential Address @ Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
    Jan 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    The Presidential Address by Michael Grace. “Stuffed in attic trunks and the minds of aging scientists”? Reflections on Technical History and the History of Technology It is widely accepted that the world as we know[...]
    6:30 pm From great war to Great War: Ham... @ University of Portsmouth, Rm PO1-11
    From great war to Great War: Ham... @ University of Portsmouth, Rm PO1-11
    Jan 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by James Thomas
    Jan
    19
    Thu
    2017
    7:30 pm Joint Meeting with BIAS @ Keynsham British Legion,
    Joint Meeting with BIAS @ Keynsham British Legion,
    Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Joint Meeting with BIAS to be held at Keynsham British Legion, Charlton Road, Keynsham BS31 2JA. Two of four papers will be: Denis Dodd: The Grand Western Canal and Boatlifts;  and Stephen K Jones: London[...]
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