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

Front cover of the programme for the opening ceremony for One Birdcage Walk Sticky post

120 YEARS SINCE ONE BIRDCAGE WALK’S OPENING CEREMONY

The 16th and 17th May 2019 mark the 120th anniversary of the Opening Ceremony of 1 Birdcage Walk, home today to the IMechE. This blog post uses material from our archive to reveal more about the Opening Ceremony and the planning behind it. A rapidly growing membership meant that the Institution’s needs could no longer be met in its temporary locations first in Birmingham, then in … Continue reading 120 YEARS SINCE ONE BIRDCAGE WALK’S OPENING CEREMONY

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

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

Engineering workshop model section, based on Royal Arsenal works, c1893-1910

A MODEL WORKSHOP

Our engineering model used to be owned by Hiram Maxim (1840-1916), who was best known as the inventor of the Maxim gun (the first portable fully automatic machine gun). After he died in 1916, his widow Lady Sarah gifted it to IMechE. In 1885, Maxim had introduced his invention at IMechE in the paper, Description of the Maxim automatic machine gun. Watch the workshop running & view … Continue reading A MODEL WORKSHOP

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