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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

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    2016
    11:00 am Industrial Chemistry in the Nort... @ Catalyst, Widnes
    Industrial Chemistry in the Nort... @ Catalyst, Widnes
    Jul 2 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Newcomen North-West. Industrial Chemistry in the North West”: Visit and Workshop. Saturday 2 July 2016 at Catalyst, Widnes (Cheshire). Programme 11am                Opportunity to tour the galleries of Catalyst and see[...]
    Jul
    11
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    2016
    9:30 am Summer Meeting: Five Thousand Ye... @ Dublin area
    Summer Meeting: Five Thousand Ye... @ Dublin area
    Jul 11 @ 9:30 am – Jul 15 @ 5:00 pm
    The 2016 Summer Meeting will be held in the wider Dublin area from Monday 11 July to Friday 15 July inclusive.An exciting and informative programme of visits is currently being organised, from the engineering of[...]
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    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
    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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    • Industrial Chemistry in the North West: Visit and Workshop

      on 2 July, organised by Newcomen North-West and the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Widnes, to develop an understanding of some of the lesser known aspects of the history of the chemical industry in the North-West. Information & booking at: newcomen.ajc@btinternet.com.

    • 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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      Volume  86 Issue 1, the latest issue of the International Journal for the History of Engineering & Technology, is now available on line to members. The print edition will be mailed shortly.

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