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

    Apr
    24
    Tue
    2018
    6:00 pm Will McTaggart and Robert Steeds... @ MANCHESTER Central Reference Library
    Will McTaggart and Robert Steeds... @ MANCHESTER Central Reference Library
    Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Films on industry in the North-West brought to you by the North-West Film Archive.
    6:30 pm How (not) to Make Money – Counte... @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Bldg, Rm PO1-11
    How (not) to Make Money – Counte... @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Bldg, Rm PO1-11
    Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Paul Chapman
    May
    9
    Wed
    2018
    5:45 pm The Dickinson Memorial Lecture: ... @ LONDON: The Dana Studio, Wellcome Wolfson Building,
    The Dickinson Memorial Lecture: ... @ LONDON: The Dana Studio, Wellcome Wolfson Building,
    May 9 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    The Dickinson Memorial Lecture will be given by Mike Chrimes. the title of his lecture is Measuring greatness: engineering biography- scholarship, hagiography or a marketing tool? Mike Chrimes is a long-standing member of the Newcomen[...]
    May
    17
    Thu
    2018
    7:30 pm Frank Hornby and mechanical toys... @ BRISTOL, BAWA
    Frank Hornby and mechanical toys... @ BRISTOL, BAWA
    May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    A lecture by Deborah Jaffé. The entrepreneurial Frank Hornby was the inventor of Meccano, The Hornby Railway and Dinky Cars. This lecture looks at the origins of his designs, the manufacturing processes involved,  the images of[...]
    May
    21
    Mon
    2018
    all-day Visits to AMRC and AESSEAL, Roth... @ ROTHERHAM details to follow
    Visits to AMRC and AESSEAL, Roth... @ ROTHERHAM details to follow
    May 21 all-day
    The society has organised a visit to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) on the morning of Monday 21st May 2018, followed by an afternoon visit to AESSEAL.  On both these visits members will have[...]
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