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) will now run over 3 days in November 2020 – exact dates to be confirmed (postponed from 15th-17th May, 2020 in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus emergency).

The host venue is the fabulous Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands.

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.


Black Country Living Museum


Registration for delegates will open on the Morning of Day 1 (Friday) and the conference programme will run from 12.00 that day, through Day 2 (Saturday) and finish at noon on Day 3 (Sunday). Final dates to be decided following postponement from May 2020 due to Coronavirus emergency.

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 in 2020-2021.


  • Final Programme (TBC March-October 2020)

Booking Options

Booking for the conference includes whole conference options as well as individual day delegate tickets, with or without evening meal option.


Includes ALL short and long papers, lunch, AND evening meals on Friday and Saturday, refreshments (coffees & teas) on all three days, PLUS copies of the final published Conference Transactions.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus emergency, the original dates in May 2020 have been postponed until November. The revised dates, still following a 3 Day conference format) are being decided based on availability of speakers and attendees.


  • Day 1 – FRIDAY (November 2020)
    • DAY ONLY – £40 Includes papers, lunch, and tea & coffee
    • DAY & EVENING – £60 As above, plus evening meal at Sandfields and coach from Dudley and back.
  • Day 2 – SATURDAY (November 2020)
    • DAY ONLY – £45 Includes papers lunch, and tea & coffee
      • NB BCLM’s “Red by Night” programme of active engine workings may be visited in the evening (extra BCLM entry cost).
  • Day 3 – SUNDAY (November 2020)
    • DAY ONLY – £30 Includes papers and tea and coffee

Booking Form

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:

Getting There

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


Detail information about site accessibility including a useful guide to the attractions in the BCLM site can be found here:

Local public transport


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.


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.


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. See also the BCLM Travel guidance.


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.

Some nearby hotel accommodation options include:

  • Travelodge, Dudley (Discovery Way, Dudley DY1 4SQ) Tel. 0871 984 6517
  • Premier Inn, Dudley (Castlegate Way, Dudley DY1 4RJ) Tel. 0333 321 9306
  • Village Hotel, Dudley (Castlegate Drive, Dudley DY1 4TB) Tel. 01384 888830
  • Station Hotel, Dudley (Castle Hill, Dudley DY1 4RA) Tel. 01384 253418
  • Other hotel, Guest house/B&B and apartment options are also available in the local area

Please contact us if you require further guidance (

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-March 2020Programme finalised and Delegate packs prepared
March 2020Due to Coronavirus emergency the Conference is being postponed until November 2020. Dates TBC.
May 2020Conference runs
March-October 2020Revised programme agreed and advertised. Attendance confirmed. Delegate packs revised.
November 2020IEEC2 Conference runs from Friday-Sunday in November 2020
November 2020
-Autumn 2021
Conference Proceedings edited and published – Full delegates receive copies.

Conference Partner and Sponsors

The Organisers are grateful to the following for their assistance and support in preparing and delivering the 2nd International Early Engines Conference.

Conference facilities provided by Black Country Living Museum

The Newcomen Society are sponsoring the event
and the South Gloucestershire Mine Research Group (SGMRG) are sponsoring the event