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Newcomen Western – change of venue

Our meeting for 10 January 2019 will NOT be at BAWA, but  at 7.30pm at the Royal British Legion Hall, Charlton Road, Keynsham, BS31 2JA. It is a joint meeting with BIAS – the Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society – for presentation of four short papers, two by Newcomen members and two by members of BIAS.

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

    Jan
    28
    Mon
    2019
    6:30 pm Who Designed the Clifton Suspens... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Who Designed the Clifton Suspens... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Jan 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Julia Elton: Who Designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge – Fact and Fiction. Construction of I K Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge was abandoned in 1853 and not completed until 1864 to a different[...]
    Jan
    29
    Tue
    2019
    6:30 pm It’s not just about the robot! @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    It’s not just about the robot! @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Bob Bowden: It’s not just about the robot! The development of automated welding
    Feb
    6
    Wed
    2019
    7:00 pm Opportunities for Women in Wirel... @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
    Opportunities for Women in Wirel... @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
    Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Elizabeth Bruton
    Feb
    12
    Tue
    2019
    2:00 pm Sir William Arrol & Co Ltd @ NEWCASTLE Discovery Museum
    Sir William Arrol & Co Ltd @ NEWCASTLE Discovery Museum
    Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Miles Oglethorpe: Sir William Arrol & Co Ltd. This is a joint meeting with the Institution of Civil Engineers, North East Region Seniors Group
    Feb
    13
    Wed
    2019
    5:45 pm The Presidential Address @ LONDON Dana Studio
    The Presidential Address @ LONDON Dana Studio
    Feb 13 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    The Presidential Address by Robert Taylor.
    Feb
    19
    Tue
    2019
    6:30 pm HMS Warrior 1860 @ PORTSMOUTH Room PO1-11, Portland Building,
    HMS Warrior 1860 @ PORTSMOUTH Room PO1-11, Portland Building,
    Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Tim Shaw: HMS Warrior 1860.

  • Latest News

    • Newcomen Western – change of venue

      Our meeting for 10 January 2019 will NOT be at BAWA, but  at 7.30pm at the Royal British Legion Hall, Charlton Road, Keynsham, BS31 2JA. It is a joint meeting with BIAS – the Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society – for presentation of four short papers, two by Newcomen members and two by members of BIAS.

    • Rupert Bear-Not Much of an Engineer

      Dr Fred Starr will be  give his lecture to the Sidcup Literary and Scientific Society on Tuesday, January 8th. The idea for the talk came from comments made by some members of Newcomen, when the phrase “Rupert Bear Engineering” is used to describe half baked inventions. More information here Sidcup Rupert Talk

    • The Newcomen Diary

      Scroll down the Newcomen Events for the full 2019 listing.

    • Newcomen Links 247

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