Around the turn of the 20th / 21st century two men with a keen interest in the subject and a wealth of knowledge aimed to bring together data on all non-rotative pumping engines working on the Cornish cycle, that were ever made, with data on all the sites where they worked.
With the much of the data coming from Ken Brown in the UK and using the IT skills of Jan Verbruggen in the Netherlands they created a database which covered 1,656 Engines, 102 Engineers, 58 Foundries, 2,308 Sites and 1,821 cross-reference records linking the Engines to the Sites where they worked. The database had a variety of search and display facilities for easy access to the data. It was written to run on a database system popular on DOS based machines at the time. Sadly Ken and Jan are no longer with us but Jan’s son was eager to preserve the database and to make the data available to researchers today.
The present AIA Webmaster was happy to take on the challenge of transferring the data into a modern database system and to create a web user interface which provides facilities to search and display the data.
Today there are many excellent sources of information about Engines, Sites, Engineers, Foundries etc. to be found on the internet but probably none which put together the data about this topic to give such an in-depth presentation.
Already the information in the database is being expanded. For example, in the original data the Foundry entries had no associated geographical data. Working together with Michael Messenger the Webmaster has added this information for many of the Foundry entries and is continuing to complete this task and is also adding links to more contemporary sources of data now available on line. Links to information about the Sites is also being added.
You can access the database here: Cornish Engine Database
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