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


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

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



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

Douglass' membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Percy Cuthbert Douglass Douglass: 10th December Graduate 1907; Associate Member 1912. Resident Engineer, Buckie Harbour Extention Works. Flight Commander, Royal Naval Air Force, 2 Wing Stravros (Pilot). Killed in Sopwith Strutter No N5618, crash landing after combat over Imbros. Observer Lieutenant W Hinsley injured. 1918 Obituary  Flight-Commander PERCY CUTHBERT DOUGLASS DOUGLASS, R.N.A.S., … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Cousin's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Arthur Norman Cousin: 7th December Graduate 1912. Student Demonstrator in Applied Mathematics, UCL. Captain (Adjutant), York and Lancashire Regiment, 12th Battalion. Killed in action, France. 1918 Obituary  Captain ARTHUR NORMAN COUSIN, York and Lancaster Regiment, was born in London on 8th May 1891. His early education was received at the High School, … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

24-hour endurance record, SF Edge


At the turn of the twentieth century, motor-racing was fraught with danger.  Races took place on the long, straight, main roads between cities and were impossible to police.  Hazards included spectators on the road, non-race traffic and poor quality roads.  The particularly disastrous 1903 Paris to Madrid race almost ended the sport, when as many as ten casualties (among both participants and spectators) led to … Continue reading GORDON BENNETT!

Clearing up in the town of Soissons after bombing, September 1914 (photo by Fred Davidson)


Andrew Davidson’s grandfather, Fred, took into the trenches with him a foldable camera. The small, portable, foldable camera was one of the great advances in technology that followed the Edwardian era. For young men obsessed with the latest ‘gadgets’ in an age of invention – motorbikes, cars, planes – it became an affordable must-have, with its ability to take snapshots quickly on small rolls of … Continue reading PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE TRENCHES