Welcome to the Newcomen website

* Newsflash *

Sandfields

The visit to Sandfields Pumping Station has been postponed. It is hoped to make a date for a visit in the spring. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this.

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

    Oct
    5
    Wed
    2016
    7:00 pm Hardman of Birmingham: Pugin’s C... @ Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Hardman of Birmingham: Pugin’s C... @ Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Michael Fisher on Hardman of Birmingham: Pugin’s Candlestick Maker
    Oct
    8
    Sat
    2016
    all-day POSTPONED Visit to Sandfields Pu... @ Sandfiedls Pumping Station
    POSTPONED Visit to Sandfields Pu... @ Sandfiedls Pumping Station
    Oct 8 all-day
    VISIT POSTPONES      David Moore of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust, who gave us an excellent talk in May about the Cornish Engine at Sandfields Pumping Station, has suggested that branch members might wish to visit it.[...]
    Oct
    12
    Wed
    2016
    5:45 pm Reshaping the future Machining w... @ The Dana Centre,
    Reshaping the future Machining w... @ The Dana Centre,
    Oct 12 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    The second of John Wilson’s lectures. Having dealt in his earlier talk with the development of sawmills from 1800, focusing largely on their development by Marc Brunel, the lecturer examines the growth of mechanical planing[...]
    Oct
    18
    Tue
    2016
    6:30 pm Brunel’s Fan (note new date) @ Museum of Science and Industry
    Brunel’s Fan (note new date) @ Museum of Science and Industry
    Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE). A lecture by Dr Michael Bailey –  Brunel’s Fan: His Locomotive Draught Experiments of 1840/41. A joint meeting with The Stephenson Locomotive Society.  A characteristic of I.K. Brunel’s approach to engineering[...]
    6:30 pm Villas, Grottos and Football pit... @ University of Portsmouth, Rm PO1-11
    Villas, Grottos and Football pit... @ University of Portsmouth, Rm PO1-11
    Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Neil Lindford
    Oct
    20
    Thu
    2016
    7:30 pm Dorset and Somerset Canal & Boat... @ BAWA
    Dorset and Somerset Canal & Boat... @ BAWA
    Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    A lecture by Patrick Moss: Dorset and Somerset Canal & Boat Lift
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