• Image of the old Bufferty pumping engine in the West Midlands from 1872 (contemporary sketch)

    Post-Pandemic Hope – Looking to October 2021

    From Plan A to Plan C! Our initial contingency plans to reschedule for May 2021 have been, predictably further disturbed by COVID19. The UK national lockdown in the new year underlined how serious the situation had become, BUT there is new hope with the successful vaccination programme well underway as we enter Spring 2021; indeed our conference venue – the Black Country Living Museum – is contributing to the vaccination programme in Dudley! In the interests of safety we have decided to postpone IEEC2 by a further 5 months, from May until October 2021. Specifically 8th-10th October 2021 – and still able to combine the conference with BCLM’s “Red By Night” live steaming event.  Conference format Whilst we…

  • Quote from Richard Smith in 1830 about 2 steam engines at Pictou, Nova Scotia being at work for 3 years

    Notes and Queries, No.2: Sources of English Engines for Export in 1826-7?

    Encouraging Early Engines Research The Early Engines site is always seeking to share knowledge and encourage new research. As part of its ongoing Notes & Queries series for researchers, our second query (and note) comes from David Rollinson, Research Assistant at the Nova Scotia Museum group, in Nova Scotia, Canada. Tracing Technology Transfer in North America The Nova Scotia Museum of Industry, at Stellarton, Pictou County, Nova Scotia was opened in 1995, being built on the reclaimed site of a pioneering coal mining settlement and foundry complex dating back to the 1820s, and originally known as Albion Mines. Archaeological investigation of parts of the site has continued over the last 40…