Engineers at War: from home front to battle front

ON THIS DAY

On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE staff member was killed in action. EDWARD NEWTON: 27th September IMechE Staff. Wartime posting(s) was/were, Private, London Regiment, Coldstream Guards, 3rd Battalion. Died from wounds, France. Institution First World War Honour Roll Members log in to Ancestry, via our Virtual Library, to access membership records for free. Archives, Institution of Mechanical Engineering Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Christian Friedrich Lautenschlager in a Mercedes in the 1914 French Grand Prix

IMAGE LIBRARY ONLINE

Planes, trains and automobiles: mechanical engineering archives now online Over 1900 images from the archives and historic book collection of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) are now available online via VADS. From pictures of experimental cars, aeroplanes, engine designs, engineers portraits, railway locomotives and much more. Highlights include works of art of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, images of Napier engines, design drawings of … Continue reading IMAGE LIBRARY ONLINE

Howarth's membership form

ON THIS DAY

On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. JOHN HOWARTH: 10th September Graduate Member since 1909; Associate Member 1914. At the outbreak of war he was an Engineering Assistant, James Diggle & Sons. Wartime posting(s) was/were, 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Engineers,  1st West Riding Field Company. Died of wounds. 1916 Obituary  Sec. Lieut. JOHN HOWARTH, Royal Engineers, was born at Rochdale … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Vyal's membership form

ON THIS DAY

On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. LIONEL EGERTON VYAL: 3rd September Graduate Member since 1911. At the outbreak of war he was a Pupil, Rhymey Railway Co. Wartime posting(s) was/were, Corporal, Canadian Army, 2nd Canadian Division Signal Company. Died in a motor cycle accident, France. 1917 Obituary  Corporal LIONEL EGERTON VYALL, Canadian Division, was born at Chawant, Punjab, … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Prosthetic Arm

ENGINEERING TIMELINE

Our Engineering history timeline needs you! Covering c6000 BD-2014 AD we highlight key moments of invention and leaps forward in engineering. Now, we want you to tell us what key inventions we have missed. All we need is the date of the invention etc and some brief details. Engineering has been an integral factor throughout history and a crucial instrument of change and development, from the … Continue reading ENGINEERING TIMELINE

Flying testbed B2 Canberra WK163 fitted with a NSc D1-2 Double Scorpion rechargeable booster rocket

CANBERRA TO FLY AGAIN

Record-breaking English Electric Canberra to be returned to flight The team that returned Vulcan XH558 to flight is to return another iconic all-British jet to the airshow circuit, guest post from http://www.vulcantothesky.org.  One of Britain’s most important jet-age aircraft is to be returned to flight. English Electric Canberra WK163 spent most of her life playing a central role in the development of advanced propulsion technologies … Continue reading CANBERRA TO FLY AGAIN

Flying testbed B2 Canberra WK163 fitted with a NSc D1-2 Double Scorpion rechargeable booster rocket. Stamped on rear - Napier Luton Airport, Neg no 22641, and Secret.

VIRTUAL ARCHIVE: ENGINEERING HISTORY ONLINE

Whether you are in Dundee, Devises, Doha or Delhi you can now gain access to key items held in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers archive collection, all for free, just by going online. Curated from our extensive physical collections, our Virtual Archive showcases a selection of models, items, drawings, notebooks, photographs and documents about the history of engineering and the Institution. We have captured 3D … Continue reading VIRTUAL ARCHIVE: ENGINEERING HISTORY ONLINE

WWI Experimental tripod mounting 303 Vickers gun

REMEMBERING THE SOMME

During the First World War 1,270 Institution members went on active service. Between the 1st July and 18th November 1916, the Somme Offensive claimed many lives including those of 14 members. Whilst impossible to grasp the enormity of talent and loved ones lost, it seems fitting to remember these engineers.   Private Alexander Davidson, London Scottish Regiment died on 1st July. In 1898 he began … Continue reading REMEMBERING THE SOMME

Poynting's membership form

ON THIS DAY

On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. ARTHUR POYNTING: 25th July Associate Member since 1912. At the outbreak of war he was an Assistant Engineer, Port of London Authority. Wartime posting(s) was/were, Lieutenant, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 6th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps, attached to 143rd Brigade. Killed in action near Pozitres, France. 1916 Obituary  Lieut. ARTHUR POYNTING, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Bulkeley, broad gauge express on mixed gauge track

BOOK REVIEW: GREAT WESTERN LOCOMOTIVES

Calling Members- if you enjoy reading one of our books or ebooks and think others should know about it then please submit a review to library@imeche.org David Andrews, IMechE and Heritage Award Committee Member, writes the first of our book reviews in this series. He looks at how historical management techniques can be applied today. “Why are some engineering organisations good at designing products? How … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: GREAT WESTERN LOCOMOTIVES