NEW TECHNICIAN BOOKS ADDED TO OUR ONLINE LIBRARY

We have lots of new titles available for the more technically-minded amongst you – whether you are studying an engineering course or just want to refresh your knowledge, we have lots of new engineering mathematics and science titles to browse through. Simply click on the titles to access them through our online library (login with your IMechE details.) Aircraft Communications and Navigation Systems, 2nd Ed, … Continue reading NEW TECHNICIAN BOOKS ADDED TO OUR ONLINE LIBRARY

A HIGHLIGHT FROM…FREDERICK LANCHESTER’S NOTEBOOK

The managerial notebook of Frederick Lanchester provides (among other things) insight into a test run for one of the earliest Lanchester cars; the Lanchester eight. Frederick was one of three brothers who founded the Lanchester Engine Company in 1899 with the aim of producing motor cars to be sold to the public. Frederick Lanchester kept the notebook between 1899 and 1901 most likely whilst working … Continue reading A HIGHLIGHT FROM…FREDERICK LANCHESTER’S NOTEBOOK

NEW BOOKS ADDED TO OUR ONLINE LIBRARY

We haven’t had a new book update since July, and we’ve acquired 79 new titles since then, so allow us to show off some of our latest ebook acquisitions! These new books are available through our catalogue and are really handy for our worldwide members. Have a browse through some of the titles we’ve selected, and happy reading! Click on the titles to access (login … Continue reading NEW BOOKS ADDED TO OUR ONLINE LIBRARY

THE W.H. ALLEN DESK

As a result of the library’s recent refurbishment and re-opening as the Library and Members’ Hub, visitors coming to view our archives will now be working on the desk used by engineer William Henry Allen in his office at the Queen’s Engineering Works in Bedford. Allen’s company, WH Allen and Sons, were best known as the leading British manufacturer of marine auxiliary machinery for the … Continue reading THE W.H. ALLEN DESK

THE LIBRARY AND MEMBERS’ HUB AT ONE BIRDCAGE WALK

Are you a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers? If so, the next time you’re passing through London why not stop by the Institution’s headquarters at One Birdcage Walk? Whether you’re en route elsewhere, visiting for an interview/placement or simply working nearby, the newly-refurbished Library and Members’ Hub offers you a dedicated space for work, networking and study. This blog post shows you what’s … Continue reading THE LIBRARY AND MEMBERS’ HUB AT ONE BIRDCAGE WALK

MEMBERS CAN ACCESS LIBRARIES ACROSS THE UK VIA THE SCONUL SCHEME

The IMechE Library provides a wealth of resources, most of which can be accessed by Members wherever they’re based, but we know that Members also value a library space and quick access to physical books from time to time. Since many Members do not live close enough to One Birdcage Walk to benefit from our space at IMechE HQ, we recently joined the SCONUL Access … Continue reading MEMBERS CAN ACCESS LIBRARIES ACROSS THE UK VIA THE SCONUL SCHEME

FROM THE GALLERY: CARS AND HOW TO DRIVE THEM (1903)

The IMechE Library has been providing an information service to members since at least 1877, even before the Institution moved into its current location in One Birdcage Walk. It still holds many early engineering works, most of which are now located on the galleries which surround the library room. This series of posts looks at the fascinating stories these works can tell about history of … Continue reading FROM THE GALLERY: CARS AND HOW TO DRIVE THEM (1903)

JAMES NASMYTH AND THE STEAM HAMMER

James Nasmyth’s Steam Hammer This model, in the IMechE’s collection, is made to 1/8th scale and based on the steam hammer made at Nasmyth’s works in Patricroft, Manchester. It shows the hammer with the self-acting improvement patented in June 1847. Through harnessing the power of steam Nasmyth’s hammer revolutionised existing mechanised hammers leading to both reduction in costs and improvements in quality of forging iron. … Continue reading JAMES NASMYTH AND THE STEAM HAMMER

LIBRARY REFURBISHMENT UPDATE

As you may already know, the Library space at One Birdcage Walk is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment and will relaunch as the Library and Members’ Hub in September. Work began on 22nd July, so we thought it was time to give you an update and a peek behind-the-scenes. The project aims to retain and enhance the feel and features of the Library as first conceived … Continue reading LIBRARY REFURBISHMENT UPDATE

An aluminium alloy camshaft cover being poured in the foundry.

THE NAPIER AERO ENGINE IN THE MAKING

D. Napier and Son Ltd. was a British engineering company best known for manufacturing and later designing automotive and aeronautical engines during the first half of the 20th century. One of the company’s most successful engines was the Lion, a 12-cylinder W12 configuration aero engine which was first produced in 1917 and continued to be manufactured into the 1930s. The Lion was a versatile engine … Continue reading THE NAPIER AERO ENGINE IN THE MAKING