IEEC2 – 2020 Conference


“A wider view of early engines and their operating context – beyond valve gear and famous engineers”

1747 - The Engine to raise Water by Fire

IEEC2 Conference, 2020

The Second International Early Engines Conference (hereafter IEEC2) runs from 15th-17th May, 2020 at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midland. The purpose of the conference is to provide a continuing forum for the presentation and discussion of new research into heat engines prior to 1812.

Conference arrangements

Registration for delegates opens on Friday morning 15th May 2020.

The conference programme will run from 12.00 on Friday 15th May 2020. Proceedings close at noon on Sunday 17th May 2020.

Approximately twenty presentations, long papers (thirty minutes) and shorter research updates (10-20 minutes) are planned, plus visits to local industrial engine sites and the fabulous BCLM museum itself. Catering will be provided and relevant publications will be on sale.

As with the inaugural IEEC Conference in 2017, the proceedings of the Conference will be published in the International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology.

Booking Options

Booking for the conference includes whole conference and day delegate options.

    Includes all papers, lunch and evening meals on Friday and Saturday, coffee and tea on all three days, plus copies of Conference Transactions
    • Friday 15th May 2020
      • Day only – £40 Includes papers, lunch, tea and coffee
      • Day and Evening – £60 As above, plus evening meal at Sandfields and coach from Dudley and back.
    • Saturday 16th May 2020
      • Day only – £45
      • Includes papers lunch, tea and coffee
      • Note that in the evening we also hope to have access to BCLM’s “Red by Night” (operation to be confirmed (Sept 2019)
    • Sunday 17th May 2020
      • Day only – £30
      • Includes papers and tea and coffee

Early Bird Booking


  • Please use the Booking form below which provides details of the options and how payment can be made (cheque or electronic bank transfer). Any queries can be directed to:

Final Programme

Draft Programme being prepared(updated 30/07/19)

Final Programme


Black Country Living Museum

Getting Here

The Black Country Living Museum is situated in the heart of the Black Country on the A4037 between Dudley and Tipton. The Museum is well signposted from the M5 and M6.

Dudley A4037 road sign with brown visitor attraction information for the Black Country Living Museum

Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ

Local public transport:

Rail: The Museum is one mile from Tipton railway station, on the Birmingham to Wolverhampton line operated by West Midlands Railway. See National Rail Enquiries for journey planner services.

Bus: Network West Midlands operate a number of services that stop outside the Museum, including:

  • 24 Foxyards Estate to Merry Hill via Dudley
  • 229 Bilston to Dudley via Coseley, Sedgley
  • 311 & 313 Walsall to Dudley via Wednesbury
  • 610 Wednesbury to Dudley via Great Bridge, Tipton

For bus information from Wolverhampton, Birmingham please use the NWM journey planner above, or call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 to plan your journey.

Car: Main motorway route directions

  • M5, Junction 2: Follow the A4123 northwest toward Wolverhampton/Dudley. After three miles, turn left onto the A4037 Tipton Road heading south. The entrance is 150 yards on your right. Note: these directions are from the M5 junction 2. Please note that the Black Country ‘i’ (information) signs at junctions 1 and 3 do not direct to the Museum.
  • M6, Junction 10: Follow the A454 (A463) ‘Black Country Route’ toward Wolverhampton and Dudley for 4.4 miles. Turn left onto the A4123 Birmingham New Road toward Dudley heading southeast for 2.4 miles. Turn right onto the A4037 Tipton Road heading south. The entrance is 150 yards on your right.

Parking: There is ample car and coach parking at the Museum. A parking charge of £3.50 applies to cars for the whole day.


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. A suggested list is being prepared.

Please contact us if you require further guidance (

Partners and Sponsors

Site facilities and support are provided by Black Country Living Museum
The Newcomen Society sponsor the event
The Northern Mine Research Society (NMRS) sponsor the event
and the South Gloucestershire Mine Research Group (SGMRG) sponsor the event

Preparations for the Conference

July 2019
Initial publicity and Call for Papers
July 2019Booking arrangements publicised
Sept 2019Additional venue and local accommodation details available
Oct-Dec 2019Draft programme prepared
Jan-April 2020Delegate packs prepared
May 2020Conference runs
June 2020
-Summer 2021
Conference Proceedings edited and published – Full delegates receive copies.