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)

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

FROM THE GALLERY: LANCHESTER’S THE MUSICAL SCALE (1941)

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: LANCHESTER’S THE MUSICAL SCALE (1941)

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?