Adams' membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Dudley Adams: 21st March Graduate 1911; Associate Member 1918. Engineer, Adams & Co. Educated in Sydney. Captain, Royal Field Artillery/ Royal Garrison Artillery, 130th Heavy Battery. Joined 1915. Killed in action, France. 1918 Obituary  Captain DUDLEY ADAMS, R.G.A., was born in Sydney on 2nd November 1890, being the elder son of W. … Continue reading ON THIS DAY


Graham Isaac, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, University of Leeds, reviews resources on product development from the IMechE Library. Members can follow the links to find out about accessing titles. Product development titles Engineering Design, Planning, and Management (Elsevier, 2012) Explores project management and creative design in the context of both established companies and entrepreneurial start-ups. 574 pages. Comprises 12 … Continue reading TOP PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES


Carling’s slide collection is now available on our Virtual Archive. Here at the Institution, we have recently finished cataloguing the papers of Denis Rock Carling, Superintendent of the Rugby Locomotive Testing Station (LTS). If you are interested in researching our Carling papers, or any other collections, please email us at Some of the images can be seen here. In his Presidential Address to the Institution … Continue reading LOCOMOTIVE TESTING

BOOK REVIEW: A square deal all round

This month we have a book review by David Andrews, member of the IMechE Engineering Heritage Awards Committee. David reviews A square deal all round, which tells the story of the famous company Perkins Engines. The title is a pun on the Perkins logo, which is made up of circles intersecting a square. He recommends the book as: “engineers can always learn something from studying the … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: A square deal all round

Last arch of Blackfriars


Today, a train journey into London crossing over Blackfriars Railway Bridge provides the curious sight of a series of bright red bridge columns stretching out across the Thames. A clue to the origin of these columns lies at the South side of the river; a splendidly restored abutment displaying the insignia of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LC&DR).   The columns mark the position … Continue reading BLACKFRIARS

WWI engineering workshop


This week marks 100 years since (some) women got the vote in this country. It is also 100 years since a woman first presented a paper at the Institution. Olive Monkhouse talked about The Employment of Women in Munitions Factories. World War I brought with it a huge increase in demand for munitions, at the same time the workforce was reduced by men signing up … Continue reading EMPOWERING WOMEN


Tribology is the science of interacting surfaces in relative motion. It derives from the Greek word tribos, meaning ‘rubbing’. Graham Isaac, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, University of Leeds, reviews resources on tribology from the IMechE Library. These comprise currently available classic and recent texts on the fundamentals, together with books on specialised applications. Members can follow the links to find out … Continue reading TOP TRIBOLOGY RESOURCES



The modern engineer can research and record engineering ideas using mobile devices and camera phones, as well as more traditional methods. In the 19th century engineers carried notebooks and a pencil to sketch designs on the move.  A man who exemplifies the image of the Victorian engineer as artist is David Joy, born in Leeds in 1825.  A collection of his drawings and his diary … Continue reading DAVID JOY

Cable's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Gordon Porter Cable: 2nd January Associate Member 1913. Acting Deputy Executive Engineer, Bombay. Captain, Indian Army, Indian Army Reserve of Officers, Jaipur Transport Corps. Indian national. Institution First World War Honour Roll Members log in to Ancestry, via our Virtual Library, to access membership records for free. Archives, Institution of Mechanical Engineering Save Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Hiram Maxim and gun


Hiram Maxim was a prolific inventor; in 1866 he took out his first patent for a hair-curling iron. He went on to make improvements to automatic sprinklers, feed-water heaters, gas motors, dynamos and lamp carbons. He is also credited with constructing the first tricycle built in America. His rare talent for invention, and desire to improve upon existing machines and devices, led him to turn … Continue reading HIRAM MAXIM