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See a Ford Model T Racer

at Imperial College on 13 May, followed by a lecture to the Society, by Chris Barker of the Model T Register, on  “The Engineering Legacy of the Ford Model T”. (more…)

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

    May
    13
    Wed
    2015
    5:45 pm The Engineering Legacy of the Ford Model T & viewing of the car before the meeting @ Director's Suite, The Science Museum
    The Engineering Legacy of the Fo… @ Director's Suite, The Science Museum
    May 13 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    Henry Ford’s Model T put the world on wheels.  But was it any good? Did it work at the time, and what long-term influence did [...]
    May
    14
    Thu
    2015
    2:30 pm Memorial Service for Sonia Rolt OBE FSA @ St Paul's Cathedral
    Memorial Service for Sonia Rolt … @ St Paul's Cathedral
    May 14 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
    The Memorial Service for Sonia Rolt OBE FSA will take place in St Paul’s Cathedral
    May
    16
    Sat
    2015
    2:30 pm Visit to the Atomic Bomb Store at RAF Barnham @ RAF Barnham
    Visit to the Atomic Bomb Store a… @ RAF Barnham
    May 16 @ 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
    The “special storage unit” at RAF Barnham was built on a secure site south of Thetford to store and maintain Britain’s first atomic bomb, Blue [...]
    May
    19
    Tue
    2015
    6:30 pm The Presidential Address, Conservation Ethics in Practice @ PO1-11Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
    The Presidential Address, Conser… @ PO1-11Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
    May 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    The Presidential Address by Geoff Wallis.
    May
    21
    Thu
    2015
    7:30 pm Titanic’s Engines: Insights from a Ship’s Engineer @ Bristol Aeroplane Welfare Association
    Titanic’s Engines: Insights from… @ Bristol Aeroplane Welfare Association
    May 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture on Titanic’s Engines: Insights from a Ship’s Engineer by John Porter
    Jun
    17
    Wed
    2015
    all-day Drayton House, Lowick, Northamptonshire @ Drayton House
    Drayton House, Lowick, Northamp… @ Drayton House
    Jun 17 all-day
    A guided tour of Drayton House, Lowick, Northamptonshire has been arranged for society members by the Western Branch on Wednesday 17 June. This is a [...]
    Jul
    6
    Mon
    2015
    1:00 pm The Newcomen Summer Meeting @ Dragon Hotel
    The Newcomen Summer Meeting @ Dragon Hotel
    Jul 6 @ 1:00 pm – Jul 10 @ 4:00 pm
    The Newcomen Summer Meeting this year will be held in Swansea. South Wales is famous for its heavy industries of coal, iron & steel, [...]
    Jul
    16
    Thu
    2015
    2:00 pm University of Bristol, Faculty of Engineering @ University of Bristol Faculty of Engineering
    University of Bristol, Faculty … @ University of Bristol Faculty of Engineering
    Jul 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    The visit, organised by the Western Branch and Bristol Industrial Archaeology Society, is made by arrangement with Dr Adam Crewe, Head of Civil Engineering. It [...]

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  • Latest News

    • See a Ford Model T Racer

      at Imperial College on 13 May, followed by a lecture to the Society, by Chris Barker of the Model T Register, on  “The Engineering Legacy of the Ford Model T”.

    • Visit to University of Bristol, Faculty of Engineering,

      The visit, organised by the Western Branch and Bristol Industrial Archaeology Society, is made by arrangement with Dr Adam Crewe, Head of Civil Engineering. It will include a talk about the faculty’s current research and a tour of the labs. Numbers will be limited. Contact Victoria Owens for details: owens.yanley@blueyonder.co.uk

    • Visit to Drayton House, Lowick, Northamptonshire

      A guided tour of Drayton House, Lowick, Northamptonshire has been arranged for society members by the Western Branch, on Wednesday 17 June. This is a crenellated Grade 1 Listed manor house dating from about 1300 and of great architectural and historical interest. The visit is being arranged with the kind permission of the owners. Numbers […]

    • Visit to the “special storage unit” at RAF Barnham on 16 May

      The “special storage unit” at RAF Barnham was built on a secure site south of Thetford to store and maintain Britain’s first atomic bomb, Blue Danube. The store was operational for ten years between 1953 and 1963. The obsolete site was then bought by a former surveyor who has since developed the store into a […]

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