Digitisation of the National Archives’ records is a huge undertaking. So far, just over 5% of have been digitised and TNA are continuing to put records online. Here are some of their most popular online collections.
A niche interest that Newcomen members might well find excessively distracting! Who knew that the co-composer of Pink Floyd’s classic album Atom Heart Mother was an expert on adjustable spanners!
Laurence Scales casts modesty aside and offers us a web page of links to his various articles at his London, Scientific and Technological History web page
Fancy living on a discarded Boeing 727? Here’s your inspiration!
Some people have astonishing technical skills and on that subject Tatiana Joëlle van Vark is a Dutch legend. She has rebuilt the complete Navigation and Bombing Computer for a V-bomber in her bungalow. But her remarkable practical skills and high precision engineering have allowed her to rebuild the Antikythera Mechanism, improve the Enigma Machine and much more besides. So, for a New Age view of technology, consider her remarkable achievements.
A useful source of images with informative captions suggested by Newcomen member Chris Allen:
Running since 2005, this project provides more than 6.4 million geo-located images from around the UK & Ireland. The site has excellent search functionality both from the home page & from its own ‘Browser’. As well as a plethora of countryside & upland area landscapes, there’s also a very rich vein of urban material including many items of industrial archaeology, accompanied by useful captions. It’s also possible to suggest corrections or contact the author of images to open dialogue.
Membership is free via a simple process of registration & the site’s managers endeavour to prevent it from being hijacked by providers of spam.
Another great feature of the site is that all images may be re-used under a Creative Commons licence that just requires images to be appropriately credited. As a consequence, Geograph images appear in news items & published works with some regularity.
Here are a few examples of searches appropriate to Newcomen members:
The site is archived for preservation by the UK Web Archive project, so the hard work of contributors should remain available in the future.
A digital library of academic journals, most of which appear to be of US origin and consequently a US bias regarding content. However there are some that are free to read on line and also have engineering/technology content that may be of interest to members.
After registering, the site gives access to 6 items per month, which is extended to 100 for the Corona Virus lockdown period.
To enter the site: search JSTOR, at the bottom of the home page, with the heading Explore JSTOR – click by title and this leads to an alphabetical list of journals. Those that I (Don Hillman) have found most interesting are: Technology and Culture and IA (the Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology)
Zoom in on historic railways and canal maps showing detailed locations with historic & modern maps & features. Rail Map Online is a free website that aims to provide an interactive map of all historic railways for the UK, Ireland and US. The UK map is mostly finished, although there’s always room for improvement. The US map is a work in progress, and will take many years to complete.
Looking for a lost railway station? Here is a good place to start looking. It is still a work in progress and rather limited on the goods side, but it has detailed histories, maps and photos.