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The Newcomen Summer Meeting in Swansea, 6 – 10 July, led by Stephen K Jones (Member)

Booking is now open for the Summer Meeting. Swansea is an area famous for its heavy industries of coal, iron & steel, copper, tin and the supporting infrastructure of roads, railways and docks as well as the engineers who made it all work. Visits will include: Cefn Coed Colliery Museum; Hafod Copper Works; Kidwelly Tinplate Works; and Tata Steel Works at Port Talbot.  There will also be lectures on Copperopolis by  Stephen Hughes (Member);  and Twentieth-Century Steel: Innovation and Social Change in Wales and Beyond by Jonathan Aylen (Member and Manchester University), Bleddyn Penny & Dr Louise Miskell (Swansea University). Full details are available at: www.heritageofindustry.co.uk   Email: info@heritageofindustry.co.uk  Tel: 01235 352275

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


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