HISTORY DAY 2019 & ENGINEERS AT WAR

Along with colleagues from other engineering institution libraries we will attending this year’s History Day held at Senate House, London. History Day (https://www.history.ac.uk/events/history-day-2019) is an annual history fair that allows history students and researchers direct access to 50 libraries, archives and other historical organisations who will be showcasing the research potential of their collections. This year we are highlighting our Engineers at War online exhibition … Continue reading HISTORY DAY 2019 & ENGINEERS AT WAR

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NEW BOOKS ADDED TO OUR ONLINE LIBRARY

Check out some of the latest handbooks that have been added to our online library! These key texts are perfect for students and cover a variety of topics such as chemical engineering, hydraulics, aerospace, and corrosion – to name a few. Continue reading NEW BOOKS ADDED TO OUR ONLINE LIBRARY

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THE IMECHE WAR MEMORIAL TABLET

In October 1919, the IMechE Council Minutes first record discussion about erecting a Memorial Tablet to commemorate Members and staff who had fallen in the First World War. Initial designs for consideration were made in early 1920 but were not adopted. However by May 1920, a new design was displayed in One Birdcage Walk for Members to view and it was that design which was … Continue reading THE IMECHE WAR MEMORIAL TABLET

NEW TECHNICIAN BOOKS ADDED TO OUR ONLINE LIBRARY

We have lots of new titles available for the more technically-minded amongst you – whether you are studying an engineering course or just want to refresh your knowledge, we have lots of new engineering mathematics and science titles to browse through. Simply click on the titles to access them through our online library (login with your IMechE details.) Aircraft Communications and Navigation Systems, 2nd Ed, … Continue reading NEW TECHNICIAN BOOKS ADDED TO OUR ONLINE LIBRARY

A HIGHLIGHT FROM…FREDERICK LANCHESTER’S NOTEBOOK

The managerial notebook of Frederick Lanchester provides (among other things) insight into a test run for one of the earliest Lanchester cars; the Lanchester eight. Frederick was one of three brothers who founded the Lanchester Engine Company in 1899 with the aim of producing motor cars to be sold to the public. Frederick Lanchester kept the notebook between 1899 and 1901 most likely whilst working … Continue reading A HIGHLIGHT FROM…FREDERICK LANCHESTER’S NOTEBOOK

NEW BOOKS ADDED TO OUR ONLINE LIBRARY

We haven’t had a new book update since July, and we’ve acquired 79 new titles since then, so allow us to show off some of our latest ebook acquisitions! These new books are available through our catalogue and are really handy for our worldwide members. Have a browse through some of the titles we’ve selected, and happy reading! Click on the titles to access (login … Continue reading NEW BOOKS ADDED TO OUR ONLINE LIBRARY

THE W.H. ALLEN DESK

As a result of the library’s recent refurbishment and re-opening as the Library and Members’ Hub, visitors coming to view our archives will now be working on the desk used by engineer William Henry Allen in his office at the Queen’s Engineering Works in Bedford. Allen’s company, WH Allen and Sons, were best known as the leading British manufacturer of marine auxiliary machinery for the … Continue reading THE W.H. ALLEN DESK

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

MEMBERS CAN ACCESS LIBRARIES ACROSS THE UK VIA THE SCONUL SCHEME

The IMechE Library provides a wealth of resources, most of which can be accessed by Members wherever they’re based, but we know that Members also value a library space and quick access to physical books from time to time. Since many Members do not live close enough to One Birdcage Walk to benefit from our space at IMechE HQ, we recently joined the SCONUL Access … Continue reading MEMBERS CAN ACCESS LIBRARIES ACROSS THE UK VIA THE SCONUL SCHEME

FROM THE GALLERY: CARS AND HOW TO DRIVE THEM (1903)

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: CARS AND HOW TO DRIVE THEM (1903)