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Swords into Ploughshares Conference

Booking is now open for this Newcomen Conference on 24 October. Further information at: http://newcomen.com/?page_id=116

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

    Jun
    17
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    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

    • James Watt’s Separate Condenser

      was invented 250 years ago in May 1765. To mark this the a conference will be held in Glasgow on 5 June. The Newcomen Society will have a stand too. Further information and booking at The Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame  www.engineeringhalloffame.org/wattsthestory.html

    • Swords into Ploughshares Conference

      Booking is now open for this Newcomen Conference on 24 October. Further information at: http://newcomen.com/?page_id=116

    • Peter Robert Stokes

      The Society is saddened to record the death of Peter Robert Stokes who was a long time Member. The funeral will be held on 3 June 2015 at 11:30 at All Saints Church, Shenley Road, Boreham Wood, Herts WD6 1EB. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

    • 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”.

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