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The Summer Meeting 14-18 July 2014

Booking is now open for The Summer Meeting, 14-18 July. Based in  Swindon, its focus will be the exploration of sites, not normally open to the public, along the M4 Corridor. For further information and to book please contact Heritage for Industry at: www.heritageofindustry.co.uk

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

    6:30 pm Brunel in South Wales @ University of Portsmouth
    Brunel in South Wales @ University of Portsmouth
    Apr 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Stephen K. Jones commencing at 6.30 p.m.  Some on-street parking is available locally but there is a charge for use of the [...]
    7:00 pm Housing the Great Exhibition – the Crystal Palace of 1851 @ Thinktank Theatre
    Housing the Great Exhibition – t… @ Thinktank Theatre
    May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Jim Andrew. Visitors are welcome. There is a pay-bar in the building which may be serving snacks and drinks before the meeting. [...]
    8:00 pm Banagher Bridge: The Construction and Grand Opening 1841-1843 @ Banagher Collage
    Banagher Bridge: The Constructio… @ Banagher Collage
    May 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    The acquisition of two historic lithographs of Banagher Bridge from the ICE in London will be marked with a presentation of material, little of which [...]
    5:45 pm The Dickinson Memorial Lecture: Borrowing Brilliance: Technology Innovation across Sectors in the Early Industrial Revolution @ Science Museum
    The Dickinson Memorial Lecture: … @ Science Museum
    May 14 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    The Dickinson Lecture by Jennifer Tann Heroic stories of invention and innovation characterise the Industrial Revolution, with well-known examples being identified by the inventor’s name. [...]

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