The Ardnacrusha HEP Station
Known as the Shannon Scheme, it was built by Siemens for the Irish Free State in 1925. Visited by the Newcomen 2012 Summer Meeting.
The Kiln at Irish Cement in Limerick
Visited by the Society during the 2012 Summer Meeting to Ireland.
Newcomen Engine House in Steam
The full-size replica Newcomen engine and engine house of 1712 at the Black Country Museum, Dudley, in steam for the first time to celebrate the tri-centenary of the original engine.
Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power station, built in the 1930s
The first practical stored-program electronic computer
(© image reproduced by kind permission of Cambridge University)
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
9 April 1806 - 15 September 1859
The Construction of Crystal Palace
Built in 1851 from cast iron and glass to house the Great Exhibition
(An engraving from Illustrated London News 1851. Image courtesy of Ironbridge Gorge Museum)
A British-built Locomotive from the mid 20th Century
This example operated in Victoria, Australia
(Photograph by Michael Bailey)
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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.
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