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* Newsflash *

The 2016 Newcomen Summer Meeting

will be held in Dublin from 11-15 July. A varied and interesting programme is in the final stages of planning. Please contact the office to register your interest:  office@newcomen.com

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: membership@newcomen.com

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 office@newcomen.com


  • Forthcoming Events

    5:45 pm The Society’s AGM & Lecture – “O... @ Director's Suite
    The Society’s AGM & Lecture – “O... @ Director's Suite
    Feb 10 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    The Society’s AGM followed by Dr Susan Mossman’s lecture on Henry Bessemer. Best known for his invention of Bessemer steel, Sir Henry Bessemer was a self-made man who was that rare breed –  a skilled[...]
    6:30 pm Ingenuity at Hastings Pier: Cons... @ Portland Building
    Ingenuity at Hastings Pier: Cons... @ Portland Building
    Feb 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Jackie Heath: Ingenuity at Hastings Pier: Conserving the Engineering of Eugenius Birch
    7:30 pm Brunel’s Fan: His Locomotive Dra... @ BAWA
    Brunel’s Fan: His Locomotive Dra... @ BAWA
    Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    A lecture by Michael Bailey: Brunel’s Fan: His Locomotive Draught Experiments of 1840/41
    6:30 pm Mr Ford and Mr Morton: Steam Eng... @ MOSI
    Mr Ford and Mr Morton: Steam Eng... @ MOSI
    Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Professor David Perrett. By the 1920s Henry Ford had become one of the world’s richest men and he expended much energy and money  on developing and expanding his personal historical collections. Steam[...]

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