The Newcomen Logo and its Origins

The Newcomen Society's Old Logo

In 1923 Loughnan Pendred, one of the founder members and second President of the Society, introduced the idea of an emblem. It was decided to use the heraldic design of a griffin, signifying vigilance, a necessary attribute of the engineer.  The griffin is facing backwards but going forward, echoing the Latin motto, ‘Actorum memores simul affectamus agenda’, which means ‘We look backward while going forward’, signifying the historical interests of the Society.

It was designed by Alec Buckles of the Royal College of Art in the form of a woodcut measuring approximately 2 inches by 3 inches and was first used in Transactions in 1923.


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