History, Aims and Objectives

Newcomen is named after Thomas Newcomen who invented the first practical working steam engine in 1712. This invention led to the great industrial and technological achievements of the modern age.

Newcomen exists to encourage study of the history of engineering and technology from ancient times to the present day.

It disseminates historical information by publications, meetings, correspondence and internet forums. It also arranges site visits.

For nearly a century it has been publishing scholarly papers on an extensive and international range of subjects including:

  • Civil, mechanical, structural, chemical, aeronautical, electrical and marine engineering
  • Inland navigation, railways, roads, bridges
  • Water supply, dock & harbour engineering, lighthouses
  • Mills and millwork
  • Stationary engines, locomotives, turbines, piston engines, steam, oil, petroleum and gas engines
  • Metallurgy, manufacturing and industrial plant, textile machinery
  • Computer engineering
  • Gas and electric lighting,  heating and ventilation, sewage and drainage, public health engineering

Newcomen also supports the collection and preservation of archival material and historical artefacts.

  • Forthcoming Events

    Sep
    12
    Tue
    2017
    6:00 pm The Byzantine Water Supply of Co... @ NEWCASTLE: Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
    The Byzantine Water Supply of Co... @ NEWCASTLE: Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
    Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    A lecture by Professor Martin Crapper
    Sep
    26
    Tue
    2017
    6:30 pm AGM + John ‘Longitude’ Harrison ... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    AGM + John ‘Longitude’ Harrison ... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    Doug Bateman debunks the many myths surrounding Harrison and the Longitude Prize. The Newcomen North West AGM will take place on the same evening.
    Oct
    4
    Wed
    2017
    7:00 pm Upminster Windmill and the Boult... @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Upminster Windmill and the Boult... @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Chris Hodrien, Bill Whitehead & Colleague
    Oct
    19
    Thu
    2017
    7:30 pm Ropemaking Machinery @ BRISTOL, BAWA
    Ropemaking Machinery @ BRISTOL, BAWA
    Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    A lecture by Edward Sargent
    Oct
    24
    Tue
    2017
    6:30 pm The Famous ‘Flying Scotsman’ – M... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    The Famous ‘Flying Scotsman’ – M... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Bob Gwynne who is an outstanding speaker from the National Railway Museum in York on a topic that needs no introduction. This is a (joint meeting with The Stephenson Locomotive Society.
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