New Science Direct e-books IMechE members now have access to new e-books through Science Direct on topics from materials and medical devices to waste management and oil and gas engineering. Click the links in the list below to download the full text of the books as PDF documents. Visit Library Search to explore the full range of resources. Microfabrication and Precision Engineering Editor: J. Paulo … Continue reading NEW E-BOOKS

Mather & Platt apprentices, 2 Apr 1936.


As mechanical engineering began to develop as a profession in the late eighteenth century, the question of how best to educate and train engineers became increasingly important. In Britain, the preference was strongly in favour of ‘on the job’ training.  Initially, an apprenticeship would be purchased in a given firm or with a consulting engineer and you’d be indentured to learn the trade for a … Continue reading ENGINEERING AN EDUCATION


Kitty May Brunell was one of a clutch of women motorsport riders in the 1920s-1930s. Born in 1911, Kitty grew up surrounded by racing. Her father was Bill Brunell (officially William Joseph Brunell), a well-known photographer of motorsports. Her mother was Katie Margaret Meech. Brunell officially began rallying in 1928, she was only seventeen at the time, but it seems she stopped around 1933. Despite … Continue reading WOMEN RIDERS

Barstow's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Michael William Barstow: 3rd June Graduate 1915. Engineering Student, Municipal Technical College, Brighton. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died in France. 1917 Obituary  Lieut. MICHAEL WILLIAM BARSTOW, R.G.A., was born at Canterbury on 12th March 1897. He was educated at Littlehampton, at Dover College from 1911-13, and at the Municipal Technical College, … Continue reading ON THIS DAY


“Altogether the Buicks (the last model of ambulance they used, presumably supplied by the Americans) gave good service, but I shudder to think what would have happened had the war lasted another year. Two years would seem to be about the maximum with an American chassis over war time roads.” When we think of engineering and engineers in the context of war, normally we conjure … Continue reading FRIENDS AMBULANCE UNIT

Armstrong's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Percy Towns Armstrong: 26th May Associate Member 1912. Engineer, Radiant Heating. Lieutenan, Royal Naval Air Service, King’s North Naval Air Station, HMS ”Queen Empress”. Accidentally killed in gas plant explosion. Note: IMechE Journal states that he died in an aeroplane accident, war record states explosion as does our obituary. 1917 Obituary  Lieut. PERCY … Continue reading ON THIS DAY


From 1833 Sir Henry Bessemer lived in Islington at 15 Northampton Square, on the site today is the main entrance of City, University of London. Today, a Blue Plaque for Bessemer is being unveiled by the Mayor of Islington. This will be accompanied by an exhibition which will focus on the history of Northampton Square, Bessemer’s life and his invention of the revolutionary Bessemer Process, as well … Continue reading SIR HENRY BESSEMER

Maunsell's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Robert George Frederick Maunsell: 4th May Graduate 1913. Assistant Locomotive Foreman of Running Shed, London and South Western Railway Co. Captain, Royal Engineers, Hants Fortress Company. Drowned in the Mediterranean. Awarded: Victory Medal and British War Medal. 1917 Obituary  Captain ROBERT GEORGE FREDERICK MAUNSELL, R.E. (T.), was born at Bournemouth on 25th March … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Langdon's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Douglas Eckley Langdon: 23rd April Graduate 1908; Associate Member 1911. Drawing Office, Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway. Captain, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, 1st Battalion. Killed in action. Spanish national. 1917 Obituary  Captain DOUGLAS ECKLEY LANGDON, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, second son of William Langdon, of Launceston, was born at Huelva, … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Hewson's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Charles Lysaght Bruce Hewson: 12th April Associate Member 1908; Member 1911. District Locomotive Superintendent of the Olokemeji-Jebba Division, Government Railways of Southern Nigeria. Lieutenant, Royal Engineers. Died on service, at sea. Awarded: Mentioned in Dispatches. 1918 Obituary  Lieutenant CHARLES LYSAGHT BRUCE HEWSON, R.E., second son of the late George Hewson, D.L., of … Continue reading ON THIS DAY