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A LOOK AT: A MODEL THOMPSON WATER TUBE BOILER

This model of a Thompson water-tube boiler forms part of the IMechE artefact collection. Dating from c.1942, the model was made at the Ettingshall Boiler Works. It was likely created for the purpose of demonstration. This particular model has been 3D photographed and the 3D image is available to view via our Virtual Archive. You may give it a spin here: https://archives.imeche.org/archive/artefacts/591369-thompson-water-tube-boiler? The original premise … Continue reading A LOOK AT: A MODEL THOMPSON WATER TUBE BOILER

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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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

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

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

JAMES NASMYTH AND THE STEAM HAMMER

James Nasmyth’s Steam Hammer This model, in the IMechE’s collection, is made to 1/8th scale and based on the steam hammer made at Nasmyth’s works in Patricroft, Manchester. It shows the hammer with the self-acting improvement patented in June 1847. Through harnessing the power of steam Nasmyth’s hammer revolutionised existing mechanised hammers leading to both reduction in costs and improvements in quality of forging iron. … Continue reading JAMES NASMYTH AND THE STEAM HAMMER

An aluminium alloy camshaft cover being poured in the foundry.

THE NAPIER AERO ENGINE IN THE MAKING

D. Napier and Son Ltd. was a British engineering company best known for manufacturing and later designing automotive and aeronautical engines during the first half of the 20th century. One of the company’s most successful engines was the Lion, a 12-cylinder W12 configuration aero engine which was first produced in 1917 and continued to be manufactured into the 1930s. The Lion was a versatile engine … Continue reading THE NAPIER AERO ENGINE IN THE MAKING

IMechE membership register showing the handwritten entry for A. C. Hobbs.

THE IMECHE, THE GREAT EXHIBITION AND THE GREAT LOCK PICKING DEBATE

Between 1st May and 15th October 1851, the “Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations” more commonly known as the “Great Exhibition” took place in Hyde Park. The Great Exhibition offered the opportunity for many eminent engineers and engineering firms to display the products of their labour to the world. The occasion of the Great Exhibition prompted the Institution’s first London based … Continue reading THE IMECHE, THE GREAT EXHIBITION AND THE GREAT LOCK PICKING DEBATE

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

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