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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 Devices and Desires of WWII – Personalities and Power Struggles in the Air Defence of Germany @ Director's Suite, The Science Museum
    Devices and Desires of WWII – Pe… @ Director's Suite, The Science Museum
    Oct 8 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A lecture by Dr Phil Judkin.     During WWII Germany faced the Strategic Air Offensive. These ever increasing attacks, by night and day, were [...]
    all-day Visit to the Stirling Engine Open Day at the Hereford Waterworks Museum @ Hereford Waterworks Museum
    Visit to the Stirling Engine Ope… @ Hereford Waterworks Museum
    Oct 12 all-day
    Visit to the Stirling Engine Open day at the Hereford Waterworks Museum, Hereford,  
    6:30 pm The Archaeology of Early Steam Locomotives @ MOSI
    The Archaeology of Early Steam L… @ MOSI
    Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Dr Michael Bailey Michael Bailey has nearly forty years’ experience with the archaeology of early steam locomotives, which has provided new knowledge [...]
    6:00 pm The Titans @ Discovery Museum
    The Titans @ Discovery Museum
    Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    A lecture by Brian Newman

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