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

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

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

NEW BOOKS ADDED TO THE ONLINE LIBRARY

It’s difficult for us to create a display of new books in the IMechE Library these days. This is because we buy almost all our new titles as ebooks – we’ve added over 1,000 titles this year already! Online titles can be accessed whenever, wherever, which really suits our members, who are based all over the world. This blog post acts as a virtual display … Continue reading NEW BOOKS ADDED TO THE ONLINE LIBRARY

FROM THE GALLERY: EAST INDIAN RAILWAY – DRAWINGS OF ROLLING STOCK (1888)

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: EAST INDIAN RAILWAY – DRAWINGS OF ROLLING STOCK (1888)

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

FROM THE GALLERY: BRICK DRYING (1902)

The IMechE Library provides members with access to key engineering resources. While today this is increasingly in the form of engineering databases or online journals and texts, the 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 … Continue reading FROM THE GALLERY: BRICK DRYING (1902)

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