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. The Society has a Conservation Policy

  • Forthcoming Events

    Jun
    19
    Tue
    2018
    5:45 pm Change of Venue: Lecture on Live... @ MANCHESTER Samuel Alexander Building, Rm SLG.12
    Change of Venue: Lecture on Live... @ MANCHESTER Samuel Alexander Building, Rm SLG.12
    Jun 19 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A meeting led by Institution of Structural Engineers at which  Bill Harvey will speak on  “An engineering study of the station at Liverpool Road Manchester – an examination of the construction and development of the[...]
    Jul
    13
    Fri
    2018
    9:00 am Newcomen Society Annual Conferen... @ TEESSIDE, Middlesbrough
    Newcomen Society Annual Conferen... @ TEESSIDE, Middlesbrough
    Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – Jul 17 @ 6:00 pm
    Teesside Flyer Having taken into account wishes of the membership this new type of conference will be led by Jonathan  Aylen and Dr Fred Starr. Based in Middlesbrough in NE England it will focus on[...]
    Oct
    20
    Sat
    2018
    9:00 am Symposium: The White Salt Industry @ NORTHWICH The Lion Salt Works Museum
    Symposium: The White Salt Industry @ NORTHWICH The Lion Salt Works Museum
    Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    An all-day Symposium on the technologies associated with White Salt is being organised by the North West Branch. It will take place at The Lion Salt Works Museum outside Northwich (10 minutes from M6 Junction[...]
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    • Newcomen Links 246

      Now available on line and in print.

    • Liverpool Road Station Lecture– Change of Venue

      Newocmen North West joint meeting with the Institution of Structural Engineers on Tuesday has been moved to a different building in the University. New Venue: Tuesday 19th June 2018: 6 for 6.30 pm NOW  SAMUEL ALEXANDER BUILDING, Lime Grove, University of Manchester  M13 9PP, lecture theatre SLG.12

    • In Our Time

      Julia Elton and Michael Bailey will discuss George and Robert Stephenson with Melvyn Bragg on “In Our Time” on BBC Radio 4 this Thursday April 12th at 9am (and repeated at 9.30pm).

    • NewcomenLinks 245 now online
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