THE IMECHE LIBRARY IN 1899

The Library at One Birdcage walk not only retains many of its original architectural features dating back to the opening of the building in 1899, but also some of its collections! 120 years to the day since the official opening, we’re reflecting on what the Library was like at that time. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers was founded in Birmingham in 1847 to “give an … Continue reading THE IMECHE LIBRARY IN 1899

First production Lanchester, 1900

LANCHESTER, THE AUTO PIONEER

Frederick William Lanchester (1868-1946) is well-known in automotive circles as an early innovator. His Pendulum Accelerometer is one of many items he gave to IMechE archive. Designed and constructed by him, and used by Daimler and Company, for the testing of brakes and accelerators (patented 1890). 100s of Lanchester drawings, as well as photos & written works are online. In late 1888, Lanchester was working … Continue reading LANCHESTER, THE AUTO PIONEER

SF Edge leaving Athy control, Napier racing car, 1903 for the 4th Gordon Bennett Trophy.

SEARCH THE IMECHE ARCHIVE: HOW-TO VIDEOS

These three short videos demonstrate how to search the archival collections, how to find historical member records and how to access images from the archive online. Searching the archive: Searching for historical members: Finding historical images:   Archive, Institution of Mechanical Engineers Continue reading SEARCH THE IMECHE ARCHIVE: HOW-TO VIDEOS

Parsons 5kw turbogenerator set model, c1880

THE DYNAMISM OF CA PARSONS

Charles Algernon Parsons spent a lot of time in his father’s workshop (3rd Earl of Rosse, astronomer) listening to the many scientists who visited and observing his father’s work. He studied maths at Cambridge University. In 1884 he went to work for Clarke, Chapman, and Company, manufacturers of electric dynamos. Realising that a significant amount of energy was being lost between the engine and the dynamo, … Continue reading THE DYNAMISM OF CA PARSONS

NEW JOURNALS ADDED TO THE ONLINE LIBRARY

Over 194 journals from the publisher Taylor and Francis have now been made available to members online, complementing the existing c.12,000 titles in the library’s online journal collections. The new journals cover the whole spectrum of engineering research including chemical, control, design, manufacturing, industrial and safety. Members can search and access content from the present day back to 1997 across top publications including: Science and … Continue reading NEW JOURNALS ADDED TO THE ONLINE LIBRARY

NEW VIDEOS TO HELP YOU ACCESS LIBRARY RESOURCES

Whether you’re new to the Institution, or if you’ve not yet fully explored the resources the Library has to offer, we’ve created a set of short videos to help you find and access over 60,000 books, journals and standards in print and online. Our introductory video gives a 90-second overview of what Library Services are available: The next video demonstrates how to find and access … Continue reading NEW VIDEOS TO HELP YOU ACCESS LIBRARY RESOURCES

MECHANICAL WATERCOLOURS

Launched on 31st January, The Watercolour World showcases the pre-photographic world in over 80,000 images, including several 100 items from our archives. So come and take a tour around a vanishing world without even leaving your seat! Here are some of our IMechE favourites, explore our images for yourself: And from around the site: Archives, Institution of Mechanical Engineers Continue reading MECHANICAL WATERCOLOURS

WHY READ CONFERENCE PAPERS?

Written papers produced as part of a conference are very popular among IMechE library users. They are a great place to find original content and cutting-edge ideas because of their short length and faster publication process. This blog post shows you how to access conference papers through your IMechE membership. ASME ASME publishes around 100 proceedings volumes annually on topics encompassing the entire spectrum of … Continue reading WHY READ CONFERENCE PAPERS?

NEW ONLINE RESOURCES TRIAL: ASM HANDBOOKS & ALLOY CENTER DATABASE

In response to demand for more online materials data, the Library team at IMechE have arranged a trial of two new resources throughout February 2019: ASM Handbooks and Alloy Centre Database. Follow the links, log in with your IMechE credentials and let us know what you think by emailing your comments to Sarah Rogers, Head of the Library At the end of February, we will consider … Continue reading NEW ONLINE RESOURCES TRIAL: ASM HANDBOOKS & ALLOY CENTER DATABASE

Goodeve's membership form

ON THIS DAY

On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member died, the last of our WWI casualties. Thomas Edward Goodeve OBE: 26th January Associate Member 1906; Member 1914. Manager and Assistant Locomotive Superintendent, Southern and Western Railway. Royal Engineers. Operations in Egypt, including Sollum. He was at the engagement at Agagir on 26/2/1916. Major, Egyptian Expeditionary Force. Buried, Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery, Dimashq, Syria, Plot E4. Awarded: … Continue reading ON THIS DAY