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Looming Large at the Museum of Carpet

By |May 7th, 2020|Categories: News|

The tremendous noise of power looms weaving carpet fills the Museum of Carpet in Kidderminster each time the volunteer weavers run these giant machines. This is not an easy job and requires years of training. They are not simply weaving a flat cloth, but create a three dimensional product which is velvety and luxurious.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – PLEASE READ

By |March 15th, 2020|Categories: News, Newsflash|

The Newcomen Position on Coronavirus Given Government advice on the likely duration of the Coronavirus epidemic, we are working on the principle of postponement rather than cancellation of events.  All branch meetings (including London) in what remains of March, April and May are cancelled. Plans are underway for weekend seminars in the autumn to hear some of these papers. The Dickinson Lecture is postponed until probably October 2020. At this stage the Centenary Picnic at Crofton Pumping Station remains in place but it may have to be rescheduled. The Summer Meeting in Sheffield may have to move to September, [...]

Newcomen Southern Appoint New Chairman

By |December 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|

Newcomen Southern Appoint New Chairman Dr Mark Walker is the new Chairman of Newcomen Southern. He is a freelance Instrumentation, Control and Automation (ICA) Engineer/Consultant working predominantly in the process engineering, pharmaceutical and manufacturing environments, with over 30 years operational and project management experience. With degrees in Electronic and Computer Engineering, plus Manufacturing: Management and Technology, his PhD is in the History of Technology, with a thesis title: The Programmable Logic Controller: its prehistory, emergence and application. His career spans many industries and organisations including the RAF, Siemens, Thames Water and Thermo-Fisher Scientific (Oxoid). Mark’s experience and keen interest [...]

The Society’s Summer Visit to Birmingham has been Cancelled

By |May 24th, 2019|Categories: News, Newsflash|

The Society's Summer Visit to Birmingham has been Cancelled The Society has cancelled the three-day Summer Visit to Birmingham that was due to take place from 28th- 30th August.  The main technical visit to Castle Bromwich Works had to be called off due to a maintenance shut-down, scheduled since the Summer Visit was first planned, and there was a considerable risk the Summer Visit would incur a loss. The Summer Visit was designed to dovetail with the separate University of Birmingham Conference on James Watt. The Watt Conference however is still running from 30th August to 1st September [...]

Welcome To The New Website

By |April 20th, 2019|Categories: News, Newsflash|

Welcome To The New Website You have arrived at the new Newcomen website. A portal for the Newcomen membership that enables unparalleled access to The International Journal For The History of Engineering and its archive - a comprehensive set of articles published on a wide range of engineering subjects since 1920. We hope you enjoy the enriched experience and welcome comment from members on the new features that the website now offers. Much of these new features have been developed in response to feedback from the members. The website is now built using responsive web design, making it [...]

The new Newcomen Website is now live!

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|

The new Newcomen Website is now live! We are busy testing various aspects of the new website and shall post a more detailed overview over the next day or so. If you are having issues with accessing the archive or any other aspects of the new website please email webmaster@newcomen.com Many thanks and we hope your enjoy the experience.

Newcomen.com In Maintenance Mode this Weekend

By |February 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|

Newcomen.com In Maintenance Mode this Weekend Please note that the Newcomen website will not be accessible from 6am Saturday (9th Feb) until 10 am Monday (11th Feb). We apologies for any inconvenience caused but we are installing a new version of the website which has various new features that we hope you will find useful. Many thanks The Newcomen Society

Rupert Bear – Not Much of an Engineer????

By |December 18th, 2018|Categories: News|

Dr Fred Starr will be give his lecture to the Sidcup Literary and Scientific Society on Tuesday, January 8th. The idea for the talk came from comments made by some members of Newcomen, when the phrase “Rupert Bear Engineering” is used to describe half baked inventions

Lower Vartry Reservoir

By |December 18th, 2018|Categories: News|

Lower Vartry Reservoir The Lower Vartry Reservoir has provided Dublin with clean drinking water since the early 1860s and, although enlarged, is essentially unchanged since its construction.Previously, the Corporation of Dublin obtained water mainly from the Royal Canal and the City Canal, with an additional supply from the River Dodder at the City Weir. From 1854, when Dr John Snow of London identified polluted water as the cause of cholera and other diseases, a Dublin doctor, newspaper proprietor and politician, John Gray, campaigned for a new, clean supply and became chairman of the Dublin Water Works Committee. Thomas [...]

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