IEEC 2017 Conference


“Thomas Newcomen and colleagues’ achievements untainted by the smokescreens of Watt”


IEEC Conference

The inaugural International Early Engines Conference (IEEC hereafter) will be held from 11th-13th May, 2017. The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for presentation and discussion of new research into heat engines prior to 1812.


The Ironworks, Elsecarelsecar

The IEEC will be hosted at The Ironworks, Elsecar, South Yorkshire, part of the Elsecar Heritage Centre, home to the preserved 1795 ‘Great Engine’ – the only Newcomen-type atmospheric beam engine in the world to have remained in its original location and recently conserved and reinterpreted thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund Project steered by Barnsley Museums.

The preserved 1795 Newcomen engine in situ on its original site at Elsecar
The preserved 1795 Newcomen engine in situ on its original site at Elsecar


The conference will open at 12.00 on Thursday 11th May, 2017 and close at 16.00 on Saturday 13th May.

Twenty papers, each of thirty minutes duration are planned, plus visits to local engine houses and related sites. Catering will be provided and relevant publications will be on sale by the sponsoring organisations.

Conference transactions will be published as a themed edition of the International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology.

Final Programme

IEEC 2017 Conference Programme


Registration for the conference includes whole conference and day delegate options. To view the options and register for the conference, please visit the host Barnsley Museums, at the following link:

IEEC 2017 Conference Registration


Hotel and accommodation arrangements will not be handled by the conference directly, but information and guidance will be made available to provide attendees with a range of options to meet their needs.

Partners and Sponsors

The facilities and support will be provided by Barnsley Museums, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. The Newcomen Society has agreed to be lead sponsor and the Historical Metallurgy Society, the Northern Mine Research Society (NMRS) and the South Gloucestershire Mine Research Group (SGMRG) have also agreed to provide sponsorship.


Preparations for the Conference

Date Activity
December 2015 Confirmation of sponsors, appointment of committee and initial publicity
January-February 2016 Initial Publicity and call for papers
end of May 2016 Deadline for declaration of intention to submit papers
end of August 2016 Deadline for submission of synopses of papers (300 words)
September 2016 Confirmation of final list of papers/speakers
October 2016 Bookings arrangements go live
February 2017 Delegate packs issued
May 2017 Conference runs
May 2018 onwards Transactions published and distributed