• Image of the old Bufferty pumping engine in the West Midlands from 1872 (contemporary sketch)

    Post-Pandemic Hope – Looking to October 2021

    From Plan A to Plan C! Our initial contingency plans to reschedule for May 2021 have been, predictably further disturbed by COVID19. The UK national lockdown in the new year underlined how serious the situation had become, BUT there is new hope with the successful vaccination programme well underway as we enter Spring 2021; indeed our conference venue – the…

  • Announcing the Early Engine Database

    As we arrive at the date which would have marked the start of the 2nd International Early Engines Conference (now postponed to May 2021), we are delighted to be able to share news of a fantastic new research resource, the Early Engine Database – a fully searchable online database of 18th Century engines in the United Kingdom.…

  • IEEC2 Draft Programme available

    The Organisers of the International Early Engines Conference (now postponed until October 2021) are pleased to announce the draft programme for the conference coming later this year (subject to confirmation and adjustment). Theme “A wider view of early engines and their operating context – beyond valve gear and famous engineers” For Conference ticket pricing options, see below.…

  • A sign pointing to October IEEC2

    IEEC2 Booking Now Open!

    Below are the current booking arrangements for the Second International Early Engines Conference (IEEC2), to be held at the Black Country Living Museum running over 3 days in October 2021 (postponed twice due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic). Postponed dates are 8-10th October 2021, please see the Conference information. Conference Updates Further to our Initial Announcement and…

  • IEEC2 – 2021 – Announcement & Call for Papers

    Preliminary Announcement and Call for Papers Building on the success of IEEC 1 at The Ironworks, Elsecar in May 2017, we are delighted to announce that IEEC2 will be held at the Black Country Living Museum (BCLM), Dudley, West Midlands in October 2021 (postponed from May 2020). The event will start at noon on Friday and finish…

  • Quote from Richard Smith in 1830 about 2 steam engines at Pictou, Nova Scotia being at work for 3 years

    Notes and Queries, No.2: Sources of English Engines for Export in 1826-7?

    Encouraging Early Engines Research The Early Engines site is always seeking to share knowledge and encourage new research. As part of its ongoing Notes & Queries series for researchers, our second query (and note) comes from David Rollinson, Research Assistant at the Nova Scotia Museum group, in Nova Scotia, Canada. Tracing Technology Transfer in North America The Nova…