First International Early Engines Conference 2017

The inaugural International Early Engines Conference (IEEC hereafter) will be held from 11th-13th May, 2017. 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.

Papers already proposed:

  • An account of Newcomen engines preceding the 1712 Dudley Engine.
  • Excavation and research conclusions from the 1791 Watergrove Engine House.
  • Surveying and researching the UKs oldest complete Engine House at Brislington.
  • William Brown, Tyneside’s Master Engine Builder 1745-1770.
  • Building the early boilers, trials and errors.
  • Was the 1712 Dudley Engine moved there from somewhere else?
  • Morton’s Travels, an account of Henry Ford’s engine purchases.
  • Revisiting the history of the Pentrich Engine.
  • Excavating, conserving and interpreting the 1791 Serridge Engine site.
  • Conservation of the 1795 Elsecar Great Engine


Includes all papers, lunch and evening meals on Thursday and Friday, coffee and tea on all three days. Plus conference visits,eveing meal at Wortley Top Forge with transport, copies of Early Engines Compendium and Conference Transactions


DAY 1 Thursday 11 May – £35 - 12noon-7pm

Includes papers, lunch, tea and coffee

DAY 2 Friday 12 May – £30

Includes papers, lunch, tea and coffee

DAY 2 – Friday 12 May, including evening – £60

Includes papers, lunch, tea, coffee and evening meal at Wortley Top Forge

DAY 3 Saturday 13 May – £15 - 9am-1pm

Includes papers, tea and coffee


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