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    IEEC2 Updates – Draft Agenda and visits

    As we approach the final weeks before the Conference, we are pleased to provide updated details of the Agenda and running order for the 2nd International Early Engines Conference, to be held at the Black Country Living Museum, 8th-10th October 2021. In addition to the latest programme details, we have received an update from our friends at Sandfields Pumping Station (Litchfield Waterworks Trust) to share, prior to the conference visit on Friday 8th October 2021. Great to see such progress as we hopefully emerge from the past lockdowns. Finally, delegates intending to visit the BCLM’s Red by Night event on Saturday 9th October (requires an extra £12 charge) are now…

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    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 Black Country Living Museum – is contributing to the vaccination programme in Dudley! In the interests of safety we have decided to postpone IEEC2 by a further 5 months, from May until October 2021. Specifically 8th-10th October 2021 – and still able to combine the conference with BCLM’s “Red By Night” live steaming event.  Conference format Whilst we…

  • 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. Early Engine Database – https://coalpitheath.org.uk/engines

  • 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. Full conference, or individual Day delegate tickets are available, please refer to Conference booking information. A PDF Printable version of the programme can also be accessed here: Updates 23rd MARCH 2021 Following feedback from registered delegates, and in agreement with the host venue, the IEEC2 conference is being postponed until October 2021.

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    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 Call for Papers, we are delighted to announce that booking arrangements for our Second International Early Engines Conference have been prepared and can be viewed online. Conference Details Please see the IEEC2 Conference information page for further details. Booking arrangements Please complete and return the Booking Form for the Full and Day ticket…

  • 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 at noon on Sunday and it is our hope and expectation that it will run concurrently with the BCLM’s “Red by Night” event which involves many of the museums engines being in steam and working into the night. The format will be similar to that of IEEC1, including publication of the Transactions and…

  • Part 2 of the Proceedings of the 1st International Early Engines Conference (2017) published

    The organising committee of the 1st International Early Engines Conference are delighted to announce the publication of Part 2 of the Proceedings of the IEEC from May 2017. Published with the Newcomen Society, as Volume 88, Issue 1 (2018) of the International Journal for the History of Engineering & Technology, Part 2 includes a series of excellent papers which were first presented at The Ironworks, Elsecar in 2017. The contents of Part 2 of the IEEC Proceedings include: John Hunter – Newcomen-type pumping engines in collieries and ironworks on the north side of the Don valley in the Rotherham area of South Yorkshire in the eighteenth century (pp.1-36) Prof. David…