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 * * * *
James Sutherland, Past President
The Society is saddened to report the death of James Sutherland, aged 90, on 18 May after a short illness. He was a Past President of the Society, a renowned civil engineer, founder of the Institution of Structural Engineers History Study Group and author of numerous papers on current and historical subjects. A full obituary will appear in due course.
The Newcomen Society was founded in 1920. It is the oldest society in the world specialising in the history of engineering and technology and has published over a 1000 papers, an invaluable archive of original research material for historians. The Newcomen 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 & Database
The Newcomen Society is happy to report that development on its new website is well underway as you will see from the way news and events now appear. The new database is now live and it is possible to join the Society on-line by clicking ‘Become a Member’.
If you are a member please let us have your up to date email address so that we can send you mail alerts and news items speedily.
There will be additions to the Members’ Area in the next week or so.
Although the facility for members to download copies of archived papers is not yet in place, full members can apply to the office and pdfs of papers will be emailed free of charge. Contact email@example.com.