To commemorate the tercentenary of the first atmospheric steam engine, an international conference First Steam Engines in Central European Mining was held from October 7 to October 8, 2022 in the Old Castle in Banská Štiavnica.
The aim of the conference was to present the latest archaeological, historical and technological research on the subject of early atmospheric steam engines and the buildings in which they were located. Based on real examples, were presented different approaches that can be used in order to reconstruct this pioneering technology and present it to today's public. The general theme of the history of technology and industrial archaeology was also approached by papers presenting new technologies, archaeological methods and virtual reality.
The conference was prepared by the Slovak Mining Archive in Banská Štiavnica, the Slovak Mining Museum in Banská Štiavnica and Althandel Civic Association and was held in the attractive interiors of the Old Castle in the medieval mining town of Banská
The conference also included a guided tour of the exhibition “The Engine That Changed the World: The Story of Isaac Potter's Fire Engine” and a field trip to Althandel in Nová Bana (Excavation site of Isaac Potter's Engine House from 1722).
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