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The latest issue now available online to members

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

    7:00 pm The History of Instrumentation and Testing @ Birmingham Science Museum
    The History of Instrumentation a… @ Birmingham Science Museum
    Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by David Ensor on The History of Instrumentation and Testing.  The speaker is Senior Consultant Engineer with MIRA Ltd (formerly the Motor Industry [...]
    5:45 pm Reshaping the Future – Machining Wood for the Industrial Age (Part I) @ Director's Suite, The Science Museum
    Reshaping the Future – Machining… @ Director's Suite, The Science Museum
    Jan 14 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A lecture by John Wilson.     Wood machining is a more sophisticated technology than either the sawing or turning of wood. But, within the context of [...]
    7:30 pm Joint Meeting with BIAS @ Bristol Aeroplane Welfare Association
    Joint Meeting with BIAS @ Bristol Aeroplane Welfare Association
    Jan 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Four 20 minute talks.
    5:30 pm ‘Radar’ of the First World War: B-stations and wireless direction-finding in World War One @ MOSI
    ‘Radar’ of the First World War: … @ MOSI
    Jan 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Dr Elizabeth Bruton of the University of Leeds will lecture on: ‘Radar’ of the First World War: B-stations and wireless direction-finding in World War One.  [...]

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  • Latest News

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      The latest issue now available online to members

    • The Society’s AGM, 11 February in London

      The AGM is open to all members and will be held on 11 February 2015 at 5.45pm in The Director’s Suite, The Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD. It will be followed by  Geoff Wallis’ Presidential Address: Protecting our Industrial Heritage from the Present and Future

    • Balloons across the Channel to Commemorate World War I

      Between 27 November and 15 December, hot air balloon pilots from all over the world will cross the English Channel to commemorate the outbreak of war in 1914. It is being organized by the French pilot, Gerard Bayon and will also be a world record , as there will be 136 balloons. The previous record […]

    • In Our Time: Isambard Kingdom Brunel

      Julia Elton (Past President of the Society), Ben Marsden and Crosbie Smith will  discuss the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel with Melvyn Bragg on BBC Radio 4’s  In Our Time on  Thursday  13 November.  (In Our Time, BBC Radio 4 Thursday 13 November at 9am  and repeated  at  9.30 pm)

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