“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 at The Ironworks, Elsecar Heritage Centre in South Yorkshire. The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for presentation and discussion of new research into heat engines prior to 1812.
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.
The IEEC will be hosted at The Ironworks, Elsecar, South Yorkshire, part of the Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley (postcode: S74 8HJ). The Ironworks has wheelchair access, and assistance or guide dogs are welcome.
The Heritage Centre is 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.
Elsecar is located in Barnsley, the heart of South Yorkshire. Accessible internationally via regional rail connections at Sheffield (from London, Luton, Manchester or Leeds), and well-connected on the motorway (Junction 36 of the M1), below are further travel planning options.
Local public transport:
Travel South Yorkshire provides excellent travel planning, timetable and fare information online and by phone: https://travelsouthyorkshire.com/journeyplanning/
Tel: 01709 515151
Rail: Elsecar [ELR] has a local railway station served by Northern Rail once an hour from Sheffield, Barnsley and Leeds. Free Parking is available next to the station, off Millhouses Street (S74 9LT). See National Rail Enquiries for journey planner services.
Bus: A local bus service from Barnsley (66) runs frequently during the day, operated by Stagecoach.
Car: Elsecar Heritage Centre is just 2 miles from Junction 36 of the M1. Leave the motorway at junction 36 and follow the brown heritage centre signs. A free car park is available just off Wentworth Road.
Specific hotel and accommodation arrangements are not being handled by the conference organisers directly, but there are a wide variety of places to stay nearby, i.e. within 20 miles of the venue/under half an hour’s drive. We trust the following list of suggestions may prove useful.
Please contact us if you require further guidance.
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|