The 2nd International Early Engines Conference. (In preparation for 2020)

  • Newcastle Courant advert for brass worker Michael Williamson 1724

    Research Snippets – On Brass cylinders

    Dr John Kanefsky writes: In my paper to IEEC2 on the Norris Files, I referred briefly to the paucity of evidence about brass cylinders for Newcomen engines [Kanefsky (2021), Coalbrookdale, Cornwall and Cylinders, pp.6-7 – see also early access version]. However, an advertisement in the Newcastle Courant for 3rd April 1725 sheds a little light.  In it, a Mr William Packer of Bristol who has relocated to Newcastle offers to cast, among a wide variety of other items, “all Sorts of Brass-work for Fire-Engines for the Coal Works”. Little is known about Packer.  From a brief search on the internet it appears he as active as a bell-founder and supplier…

  • IEEC2 – Conference accomplished. Part 1

    We’re delighted (and exhausted) to say that the 2nd International Early Engines Conference successfully took place over three days at the Black Country Living Museum from Friday 8th October to Sunday 10th October. This post is an initial opportunity to thank all of our delegates, our speakers, our host venue, and especially our Sponsors – The Association for Industrial Archaeology, The Northern Mine Research Society and The South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group. A warm welcome awaited delegates on Friday as the Conference was introduced by Steve Grudgings and delegates received a facsimile copy of Henry Davey’s classic 1903 paper on the Newcomen Engine. We were also fortunate (and indeed unfortunate…

  • A sign pointing to October IEEC2

    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…