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IEEC2 Draft Programme available

The Organisers of the International Early Engines Conference (15-17 May 2020) 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:

Friday 15th May 2020

– Morning

10.30 – BCLM conference venue open for Registration
12.00 – Welcome and formal opening of conference – Steve Grudgings
12.10 – Agenda, logistics and housekeeping
12.15 – Buffet Lunch and opportunity to tour the Black Country Living Museum

– Afternoon

13.15 – James Greener – Novacene – Something changed in the 1600s and we need to sustain it
13.25 – James Greener – A special act of providence: Newcomen’s speedy vacuum
14.00 – David Hardwick – Dannemora, Auchenharvie & Brislington, early engine houses compared.
14.35 – John Hunter – Early engines in the Attercliffe (Sheffield) Coalfield & the role of John Curr
15.10 – Refreshments
15.30 – John Townley & John Kanefsky – Keep that wheel a-turning, the development of rotary motion.
16.05 – Steve Grudgings – Where did the water go? Water management and early engines.
16.40 – Peter King – Aston Furnace and the engine of Newcomen and Cawley there
16.55 – Peter King – Isaac Wilkinson’s blowing engine patents & their importance for the Iron Industry
17.10 Close

– Evening

18.30 – Coach departs from BCLM for Sandfields Pumping Station, Lichfield
19.00-21.00 – Group and Individual Tours
19.45 – Evening Meal (Drinks not included)
21.15 – Coach departs from Sandfields for BCLM and Hotels

Saturday 16th May 2020

– Morning

08.30 – Venue open and refreshments available
09.00 – Welcome, recap day 1 and review agenda for day 2
09.05 – Bill Whitehead – The 1788 Boulton & Watt Engine at Ecton Copper Mine and how it worked
09.40 – Chris Hodrien – Boulton & Watt Bell Crank Engines – The Upminster Mill Example
10.15 – Paul Brookes – Cugnot’s 1769 steam vehicle – pioneering new technologies
10.50 – Refreshments
11.10 – Rick Stewart – Cornwall: cradle of the steam engine, or what did Bristol ever do for us?
11.45 – John Townley – From Papin to Pickard
12.00 – James Mitchell – The ethics of steam engine conservation & transfer of traditional skills
12.35 – Lunch (buffet)

– Afternoon

13.35 – Mark Watson – Power in place: Scottish installations of Boulton & Watt Engines & what traces remain.
14.15 – Paul Reynolds – Early Engines around Swansea: The context for the Engines & their builders.
14.30 – Jan Van De Veen – Early Engines in the Netherlands and the men that commissioned them.
15.05 – David Kitching – Trials & tribulations of Wood & Caldwell’s engines at Bycars Colliery, Burslem.
15.20 – Refreshments
15.35 – John Hunter – Frederick Allott’s list of fire engines & free draining adits in South Yorkshire.
15.50 – Steve Grudgings – The development of boiler making & its influence on Engine House design.
16.25 – John Kanefsky – Norris papers re-examined – new insights on cylinder casting & Coalbrookdale
17.00 – Close

– Evening

At leisure to enjoy BCLM “Red by Night” (additional entry fee £10)

Sunday 17th May 2020

– Morning

08.30 – Venue open and refreshments available
09.00 – Welcome, recap day 2 and review agenda for day 3
09.05 – James Greener – The impellent force of fire: What did Newcomen invent & what did he patent?
09.40 – David Perrett – Painting the Atmospheric Engine: artists & their interpretation of Fire Engines.
10.25 – David Hulse – Building the scale model of the Boulton & Watt Lap Engine – Insights and Observations
10.40 – Refreshments
11.00 – Tom Elliot –The work of the South Staffordshire Mines Drainage Committee & their Engines
11.35 – Chris Hodrien – The 1785 Boulton & Watt Rotative Engine at Chester Steam Mill
12.10-Onwards – Conference Closing Summary – Delegates free to depart or visit BCLM


Conference Booking Options

Options for Full Conference attendance, and for Individual Day delegates are available, as outlined below. For further conference and venue details and to proceed to booking and payment information, please refer to the Conference booking information.

FULL CONFERENCE TICKET ~ £135

Includes ALL short and long papers, lunch, AND evening meals on Friday and Saturday, refreshments (coffees & teas) on all three days, PLUS copies of the final published Conference Transactions.


CONFERENCE DAY TICKETS ~ £30-£60

  • FRIDAY 15th May 2020
    • DAY ONLY – £40 Includes papers, lunch, and tea & coffee
    • DAY & EVENING – £60 As above, plus evening meal at Sandfields and coach from Dudley and back.
  • SATURDAY 16th May 2020
    • DAY ONLY – £45 Includes papers lunch, and tea & coffee
      • NB BCLM’s “Red by Night” programme of active engine workings can be visited in the evening (extra BCLM entry cost).
  • SUNDAY 17th May 2020
    • DAY ONLY – £30 Includes papers and tea and coffee

► Any queries regarding the conference or attendance can be addressed to admin@earlyengines.org