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  • 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…

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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…

  • 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 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…