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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

    Nov
    5
    Wed
    2014
    7:00 pm Tunnelling in the 1740s @ Birmingham Science Museum
    Tunnelling in the 1740s @ Birmingham Science Museum
    Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Bryan Lawton on Tunnelling in the 1740s.  The state of mining technology in the 1740s is exemplified by a water mine [...]
    Nov
    12
    Wed
    2014
    5:45 pm The Derbyshire Oil Wells of 1918 – Britain’s First Oilfield @ Director's Suite, The Science Museum
    The Derbyshire Oil Wells of 1918… @ Director's Suite, The Science Museum
    Nov 12 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A lecture by Cliff Lea.      Whilst oil had been noted in many areas of mainland Britain over centuries and probably millennia, it was not until [...]
    Nov
    18
    Tue
    2014
    6:30 pm Railways and Warfare @ PO1-11Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
    Railways and Warfare @ PO1-11Portland Building, University of Portsmouth
    Nov 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Bob Otter
    Nov
    20
    Thu
    2014
    7:30 pm Somerset Coal Canal @ Bristol Aeroplane Welfare Association
    Somerset Coal Canal @ Bristol Aeroplane Welfare Association
    Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    A lecture by Derek Hunt

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  • Latest News

    • ‘EF’ Clark

      The Society is saddened to announce the death of ‘EF’ Clark, a Past President,  on 28 September. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

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    • Visits to River Tees & an oil production site – postponed

      Both these proposed visits, scheduled for the autumn, have been postponed until the spring, due to circumstances beyond our control. Further information and dates will be announced as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

    • HRH The Duke of Gloucester joins Summer Meeting

      On 17th July our Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, joined the Summer Meeting visits to Rolls-Royce aero-engine assembly plant and the R-R Heritage Collection in Patchway, Bristol, where Members had the opportunity of meeting His Highness. After lunch Members visited the Bloodhound 1,000 mph Supersonic Car Project to hear about plans for the next […]

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