SEAMS, or more fully, The Sussex Engine and Associated Machinery Society was founded in 1991 by a group of stationary engine enthusiasts in the county of West Sussex, England.
Since many were already members of general vintage and collector clubs in the area, like Horsham Historics or the Southern Counties Historic Preservation Trust, our aim was to provide a specialised element that supported existing clubs.
We have members of all abilities from highly skilled engineers able to help and offer support, through to novices who perhaps have more enthusiasm than skill. All are fired by an interest in helping to preserve and display our engineering heritage.
We have been lucky to count amongst our members the Late Charles Hudson and his Wife Carol who as a long term aid to David and Doreen Edgington of ‘Stationary Engine’ magazine fame ‘kick started’ the Stationary engine movement here in the UK.
Charles had a mouth watering collection of engines, one example of every type Hartop engine produced. After Charles’ passing, many of his engines passed to SEAMS club members and most, now prized possessions, appear regularly at events throughout the South of England.
Most members have their own ongoing restoration projects but sometimes we are asked as a club to take on the restoration and return to running condition of an engine deemed historically important. This was the case with the Cobbs Mill Tangye producer gas engine.