• Early Steam Engines in Central European Mining Conference 7-8th October 2022, Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia

    IEEC are delighted to share details of a related conference being organised for Slovakia in october 2022, focused on early engines in central Europe. The Slovak National Archives, special division Slovak Mining Archives, and the Slovak Mining Museum are inviting participants to Banská Štiavnica, in Slovakia for this international conference (English language presentations). With participants from Slovakia, Belgium, Hungary, Austria and the United Kingdom having committed to delivering papers it should prove a fascinating event. The conference program is currently divided into four blocks, each with 3 papers of 20 minutes in length, with twenty minutes reserved for discussion. Outline programme 7th October 2022 The first three blocks will take…

  • Notes & Queries: What were the earliest post-1800 steam engines in London?

    Encouraging Early Engines Research The Early Engines site is keen to encourage an open, collaborative community of researchers, sharing knowledge and information sources, to advance Early Engines Research. As part of this, a regular series of Notes & Queries for researcher queries will be added over time. Our first query (and note) comes from Dr John Kanefsky, who recently shared his extensive work on pre-1800 early engines in the form of the Early Engine Database. We relay his research query, and invite responses and comments below. Request for information Dr Kanefsky writes: As part of a paper I am researching on steam engine building in London (one of the areas…

  • Announcing the Early Engine Database

    As we arrive at the date which would have marked the start of the 2nd International Early Engines Conference (now postponed to May 2021), we are delighted to be able to share news of a fantastic new research resource, the Early Engine Database – a fully searchable online database of 18th Century engines in the United Kingdom. Early Engine Database – https://coalpitheath.org.uk/engines