WWI engineering workshop


International Women in Engineering Day is a global celebration of women past, present and future. As was the case in many professions, female pioneers in mechanical engineering had to work hard to break into a male dominated profession. The issue of women members was first raised in the Institution of Automobile Engineers (IAE) in May 1907. Miss Cleone de Heveningham Benest (1880-1963) wrote to find out … Continue reading CELEBRATING WOMEN

Viaduct across the Sankey


George Stephenson is rightly known as a great engineer. He is primarily associated with railways but he was active in other areas – there were lively debates, encompassing supporter’s gatherings, witness statements and letters, discussing whether he or Humphrey Davy invented the safety lamp. Here at IMechE, we hold a large collection of Stephenson material, both for George and Robert, and their companies – including … Continue reading STEPHENSON ONLINE

Macaulay's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Maxwell Stanley Macaulay: 7th May Graduate 1907; Associate Member 1913. Irrigation Engineer, Zifta Circle of Irrigation, Egypt. Second Lieutenant, BA, Lothians and Border Horse. Died in Palestine. 1918 Obituary  Lieut. MAXWELL STANLEY MACAULAY, Lothians and Border Horse, was born at Strathpeffer, Scotland, on 4th July 1887, and was educated at Daniel Stewart’s … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Andrews' membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. George Leonard Andrews: 3rd May Associate Member 1909; Member 1911. Chief Engineer, Para Electric Railways & Lighting Co, Brazil. Captain, Royal Garrison Artillery, 76th Siege Battery. 1919 Obituary  Captain GEORGE LEONARD ANDREWS, R.G. A., was born in Calcutta on 12th November 1874. He was educated at Wesley College, Sheffield, and at the … Continue reading ON THIS DAY


Our Bessemer letters are now online, free for all to read! One discusses the affinity of phosphorus and iron and the separation of the two. Bessemer is most widely known for the process named for him. Born in Hertfordshire in 1813 to a French engineer father, he showed an interest in engineering and invention as a boy. His first invention, was to use brass as … Continue reading SIR HENRY BESSEMER

Armstrong's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. William Kingo Armstrong: 11th April Graduate 1913. Student, Municipal School of Technology Manchester. Captain, South Lancashire Regiment, 4th Battalion. Killed in action. 1918 Obituary  Captain WILLIAM KINGO ARMSTRONG, S. Lancashire Regiment, was born at Eccles, Manchester, on 22nd November 1891. He received his early education at St. Anne’s-on-Sea, afterwards entering the Manchester … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Harrison's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Douglas Roy Dilworth Harrison: 26th March Associate Member 1912. Mechanical Engineer, Prince Line Steamships. Sergeant, Royal Fusiliers; then 2nd Lieutenant/Assistant Adjutant Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action. 1918 Obituary  Sec.-Lieut. DOUGLAS ROY DILWORTH HARRISON, Durham Light Infantry, was born at Burnley on 11th February 1883. He was educated at Burnley Grammar School … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

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 archive@imeche.org 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