• 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…

  • 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.…

  • May 2021 – an additional IEEC2 postponement

    May 2021 – IEEC2 In March 2020 we announced that, due to the impact of Coronavirus – COVID-19 we were postponing the 2nd International Early Engines Conference until November 2020. Following this announcement, and the development of the international emergency, we received much supportive and useful feedback from intended speakers and registered delegates on their likely availability…

  • IEEC2 Draft Programme available

    The Organisers of the International Early Engines Conference (now postponed until May 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.…

  • 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 May 2021 (postponed due to the 2020 Coronavirus COVID-19 health emergency). Final details of the postponed dates will be provided shortly, please see the Latest News Conference Update Further…

  • 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 May 2021 (postponed from May 2020). The event will start at noon on Friday and finish…

  • New publication: Order book of Rogers & Co. of Bristol, boilermakers

    The International Early Engines Conference is always keen to encourage the publication and diffusion of studies and original materials relating to the development of engine and associated engineering, so we are pleased to announce the release of a new title from Folly Books; a limited print run high-quality facsimile edition of an order book (1830-1866) with introductory…