“Thomas Newcomen and colleagues’ achievements untainted by the smokescreens of Watt”
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 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 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.
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:
- Alternatively, please use the Printable IEEC Booking Form.
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
|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|