The Newcomen Society
The Newcomen Society was founded in 1920 and takes its name from Thomas Newcomen, who invented the first practical working steam engine around 1712. We cover all aspects of engineering from ancient times to the present and are currently in our centenary year (2020). Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, previously planned celebrations are on hold but we hope to run the full schedule some time in 2021.
Since 1920 we have published over a 1000 papers in The Journal, which are an invaluable archive of original research material for historians and available in The Archive, which is free to members, while Non-members are free to browse and purchase. Newcomen Links is the society’s quarterly magazine.
Regular events are held in various locations and include lectures, study days and conferences.
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The Newcomen Newsletter
Now in its third incarnation, the Society's Newsletter includes features on Autogyros, the Cheshire Saltscape, the closing of Fiddler's Ferry power station plus more web-links, books etc.
A 2nd Newsletter from the Society that includes 80 Years of Cavity Magnetron from WW2 Radar to Microwave Ovens, the story of Carpet Looms in Kidderminster, Mr Tetin's beloved canaries & more web-links, books etc.
1st edition of the Newcomen Newsletter launched during the Corona Virus Pandemic. Includes Kenneth Yeomans Award, Runcorn to Widnes Bridge, Hazards of New Technology & various web-links.