GUEST BLOG: A MATTER OF TIME AND SPACE

ANALYSING MALLARD’S RUN OF 3RD JULY 1938 Guest blog by David Andrews Editor’s note: A few weeks ago the IMechE Library and Archive (@IMechELibrary) tweeted about Nigel Gresley and in doing so mentioned the Mallard’s 126 mph record breaking run in 1938. IMechE Member David Andrew replied to our tweet to share his opinion about the accuracy of the 126 mph measurement. We were intrigued … Continue reading GUEST BLOG: A MATTER OF TIME AND SPACE

FROM OUR MEMBERSHIP RECORDS…DORA JOAN SHAWE (1926 -2015)

Welcome to our new series of blogs where we will be delving into our historical membership proposal forms to learn more about some of our past members. Our historical membership proposal forms consist of the application forms completed by individuals when they applied to a class of IMechE membership.  We often hold more than one form for each individual as they moved between membership grades … Continue reading FROM OUR MEMBERSHIP RECORDS…DORA JOAN SHAWE (1926 -2015)

OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING: GEORGE STEPHENSON’S WHITEHAVEN JUNCTION RAILWAY PASS

Free train travel….if you are George Stephenson. The pass is one of six similar tokens held within the IMechE’s archive collection. Tokens such as these were presented by a railway company to an individual and entitled the holder to free travel on that company’s rail services. The tokens in our collection were all presented to George Stephenson many by virtue of his involvement with the … Continue reading OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING: GEORGE STEPHENSON’S WHITEHAVEN JUNCTION RAILWAY PASS

RAILWAY CHALLENGE: ONLINE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE RESOURCES

The Railway Challenge, organised by our Railway Division, provides a brilliant opportunity for aspiring teams to compete in a challenging industry-specific competition, showcasing their skills, expertise, knowledge, and business acumen. The Challenge, now in its ninth successive year, continues to bring together teams of university students, as well as apprentices and graduates working in industry across the world to test their business knowledge, design ability and … Continue reading RAILWAY CHALLENGE: ONLINE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE RESOURCES

COMMEMORATING #VEDAY75: LIBRARY LIFE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of “Victory in Europe” VE Day on 8th May 2020, we have been delving into the IMechE Proceedings to find out what wartime library life was like at the Institution and One Birdcage Walk. You might be surprised to read that both the Institution’s membership and library usage grew considerably between 1939-1945. The 1944 annual report states that: “the growth … Continue reading COMMEMORATING #VEDAY75: LIBRARY LIFE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Model tip wagon made from wood

OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING: BRUNEL’S MODEL TIP WAGON

Normally on display near Reception in One Birdcage Walk is this modest working model of a Great Western Railway (GWR) tip wagon which reputedly was once owned by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Measuring 190 x 270 x 360mm and dating from the 1840s, the model is based on one of the earliest GWR wagon designs which was built and used by the GWR between the late … Continue reading OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING: BRUNEL’S MODEL TIP WAGON

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ACCESSING THE IMECHE'S LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE RESOURCES DURING COVID-19

Information correct as of Monday 1st June 2020 The Library and Members’ Hub at the Institution of Mechanical Engineer’s offices at 1 Birdcage Walk is currently closed to Members and visitors as a result of government guidelines during the Covid-19 outbreak. All in-person visits to the Library and Members’ Hub to access library or archive material or to use the facilities are currently suspended. As … Continue reading ACCESSING THE IMECHE'S LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE RESOURCES DURING COVID-19

A HIGHLIGHT ON…THE GOLDEN ARROW MODEL

Our model of the Golden Arrow is currently on display at the V&A as part of their “Cars: Accelerating The Modern World” exhibition which looks at the role of the car in shaping the world that we live in today. 2019 marked the 90th anniversary of the Golden Arrow achieving the land speed record. We have written about the Golden Arrow on this blog before … Continue reading A HIGHLIGHT ON…THE GOLDEN ARROW MODEL

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2020: HIGHLIGHT ON BEATRICE SHILLING

For International Women’s Day 2020 we are highlighting the work of renowned aeronautical engineer Beatrice Shilling. In 1956 Beatrice Naylor (nee Shilling), 1909-1990, joined the Institution of Mechanical Engineers as an Associate Member, thus adding Chartered Engineer (CEng) to her portfolio of qualifications. Beatrice made her application in 1956 shortly after being promoted to the post of Senior Principle Scientific Officer (Special Merit) in the … Continue reading INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2020: HIGHLIGHT ON BEATRICE SHILLING