Bloodhound SSC


SSC land-speed record attempts capture all the excitement of motoring, racing and cutting edge technology in one! The Jeantaud was the first to set a record. It was a French automobile manufactured in Paris 1893-1906 by Charles Jeantaud – a coachbuilder who made his first electric car in 1881. Among the cars built by him, one established the first land speed record (39.24mph) in 1898. The 1899 … Continue reading A BRIEF HISTORY OF LAND SPEED TIMES

Hopkinson's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Bertram Hopkinson: 26th August Member 1904 (life member). Professor of Mechanism and Applied Mathematics, Cambridge. Colonel, Royal Air Force. Awarded: Companion of St Michael and St George. Killed in flying accident, England. 1918 Obituary  Colonel BERTRAM HOPKINSON, C.M.G., F.R.S., was born in Birmingham on 11th January 1874, the eldest and only surviving … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Shirley's membership entry


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Frederick Lewis Shirley: 1st August Associate Member 1911; Member 1916. Assistant General Manager, Bengal Iron & Steel Co. Private, Middlesex Regiment, 30th Battalion. Died at home. Note: spelt Lewis and Louis. Institution First World War Honour Roll Members log in to Ancestry, via our Virtual Library, to access membership records for free. Archives, … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

RAF 100

1918 is a key date in the history of aviation, one could almost say it’s when professional aviation was born. It was of course, the birthday of the Royal Air Force (RAF). 100 years later IMechE Headquarters was privileged to be on the flight path for the celebratory fly-past on 10th June, and close to an exhibition of planes at Horse Guards. The formation of … Continue reading RAF 100

WWI engineering workshop


International Women in Engineering Day is a global celebration of women past, present and future. As was the case in many professions, female pioneers in mechanical engineering had to work hard to break into a male dominated profession. The issue of women members was first raised in the Institution of Automobile Engineers (IAE) in May 1907. Miss Cleone de Heveningham Benest (1880-1963) wrote to find out … Continue reading CELEBRATING WOMEN

Viaduct across the Sankey


George Stephenson is rightly known as a great engineer. He is primarily associated with railways but he was active in other areas – there were lively debates, encompassing supporter’s gatherings, witness statements and letters, discussing whether he or Humphrey Davy invented the safety lamp. Here at IMechE, we hold a large collection of Stephenson material, both for George and Robert, and their companies – including … Continue reading STEPHENSON ONLINE

Macaulay's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Maxwell Stanley Macaulay: 7th May Graduate 1907; Associate Member 1913. Irrigation Engineer, Zifta Circle of Irrigation, Egypt. Second Lieutenant, BA, Lothians and Border Horse. Died in Palestine. 1918 Obituary  Lieut. MAXWELL STANLEY MACAULAY, Lothians and Border Horse, was born at Strathpeffer, Scotland, on 4th July 1887, and was educated at Daniel Stewart’s … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Andrews' membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. George Leonard Andrews: 3rd May Associate Member 1909; Member 1911. Chief Engineer, Para Electric Railways & Lighting Co, Brazil. Captain, Royal Garrison Artillery, 76th Siege Battery. 1919 Obituary  Captain GEORGE LEONARD ANDREWS, R.G. A., was born in Calcutta on 12th November 1874. He was educated at Wesley College, Sheffield, and at the … Continue reading ON THIS DAY


On the 21st June 1945 Sir Frank Whittle made the first public presentation of the jet engine in the lecture theatre at the Institutional of Mechanical Engineers. Interactive timeline on the invention & development of the jet engine available online now!   Frank Whittle was a 21 year old cadet at RAF College Cranwell when he wrote his revolutionary thesis ‘Future Developments in Aircraft Design’. In … Continue reading BIRTH OF THE JET AGE