The Ardnacrusha HEP Station
Known as the Shannon Scheme, it was built by Siemens for the Irish Free State in 1925. Visited by the Newcomen 2012 Summer Meeting.
The Kiln at Irish Cement in Limerick
Visited by the Society during the 2012 Summer Meeting to Ireland.
Newcomen Engine House in Steam
The full-size replica Newcomen engine and engine house of 1712 at the Black Country Museum, Dudley, in steam for the first time to celebrate the tri-centenary of the original engine.
New issue of Links now available
Issue #222 - June 2012 is now available.
Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power station, built in the 1930s
The first practical stored-program electronic computer
(© image reproduced by kind permission of Cambridge University)
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
9 April 1806 - 15 September 1859
The Construction of Crystal Palace
Built in 1851 from cast iron and glass to house the Great Exhibition
(An engraving from Illustrated London News 1851. Image courtesy of Ironbridge Gorge Museum)
A British-built Locomotive from the mid 20th Century
This example operated in Victoria, Australia
(Photograph by Michael Bailey)
* Newsflash *
The Eric Lomax Memorial Lecture to be given by Dr Michael R. Bailey MBE
Eric Lomax – Railwayman of War and Peace, The Railway Man; The Eric Lomax Memorial Lecture to be given by Dr Michael R. Bailey MBE,
President of The Stephenson Locomotive Society and Past President of the Newcomen Society. This memorial lecture will be held under the auspices of The Stephenson Locomotive Society, of which Eric Lomax was a member for 75 years. He had also been a member of the Newcomen Society since 1952. The lecture has been made possible through the kind collaboration and involvement of National Museums Scotland. There is no charge for visits to the Museum, but BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL at www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/whats-on/spotlight-on-eric-lomax-railwayman-of-war-and-peace/ Alexander Hayward, Keeper of the Department of Science and Technology, and Member of Council of the Newcomen Society will provide introductory remarks about the Museum before introducing the speaker.The hour-long lecture, which will be attended by Mrs. Patti Lomax, will follow Eric Lomax’s early interests in railways, before during and after the 1939-1945 war. It will be illustrated by examples of his own main line and industrial railway photographs taken in Scotland, together with a few from other parts of Britain, India and post-war Holland. Members of all societies and interests will be welcome to attend this lecture, together with other members of the public who have an interest in Eric Lomax’s remarkable life story. There will be opportunity for questions and answers at the conclusion of the lecture.
The Newcomen Society
The Newcomen Society was founded in 1920. and is the oldest society in the world specialising in the history of engineering and technology. Since 1920 it has published over a 1000 papers which are an invaluable archive of original research material for historians and available on-line. The Society takes its name from Thomas Newcomen (bap. 1664, d.1729) who invented the first practical working steam engine, but its interests are broad and international, embracing all aspects of engineering from ancient times and the great inventions of the 18th and 19th centuries through to the sophisticated technologies of the 20th century and into the digital age.
Website & Archive
The Newcomen Past Papers Archive is now fully accessible on-line and free to members. Access to the archive is based on the ability to sign in to the system and this in turn requires you have both valid membership and working email address. To sign in, go to the top right hand corner of this page. In the event that you do not have an email address, the Society recommends you go to www.gmail.com and create a free email account and then advise The Newcomen Society of your email address by emailing it to the Membership Secretary at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guests can preview the papers and purchase, for a small fee, if interested. To visit the Past Papers Archive please click here . The new system is also based upon the use of an email address as this will in turn enable the Society to deliver a much improved service, and over time, additional facilities. If you come across any specific issues in accessing the archive please email email@example.com