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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

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

First production Lanchester, 1900

LANCHESTER, THE AUTO PIONEER

Frederick William Lanchester (1868-1946) is well-known in automotive circles as an early innovator. His Pendulum Accelerometer is one of many items he gave to IMechE archive. Designed and constructed by him, and used by Daimler and Company, for the testing of brakes and accelerators (patented 1890). 100s of Lanchester drawings, as well as photos & written works are online. In late 1888, Lanchester was working … Continue reading LANCHESTER, THE AUTO PIONEER

SF Edge leaving Athy control, Napier racing car, 1903 for the 4th Gordon Bennett Trophy.

SEARCH THE IMECHE ARCHIVE: HOW-TO VIDEOS

These three short videos demonstrate how to search the archival collections, how to find historical member records and how to access images from the archive online. Searching the archive: Searching for historical members: Finding historical images:   Archive, Institution of Mechanical Engineers Continue reading SEARCH THE IMECHE ARCHIVE: HOW-TO VIDEOS

Engineering workshop model section, based on Royal Arsenal works, c1893-1910

A MODEL WORKSHOP

Our engineering model used to be owned by Hiram Maxim (1840-1916), who was best known as the inventor of the Maxim gun (the first portable fully automatic machine gun). After he died in 1916, his widow Lady Sarah gifted it to IMechE. In 1885, Maxim had introduced his invention at IMechE in the paper, Description of the Maxim automatic machine gun. Watch the workshop running & view … Continue reading A MODEL WORKSHOP

MECHANICAL WATERCOLOURS

Launched on 31st January, The Watercolour World showcases the pre-photographic world in over 80,000 images, including several 100 items from our archives. So come and take a tour around a vanishing world without even leaving your seat! Here are some of our IMechE favourites, explore our images for yourself: And from around the site: Archives, Institution of Mechanical Engineers Continue reading MECHANICAL WATERCOLOURS

WATT’S EIDOGRAPH

Photographs of James Watt ‘s parallel eidographs have been found during the cataloguing and conservation of recently discovered photos at IMechE. These curious objects was designed to copy and create sculpture. Watt developed the machines at his home, Heathfield Hall. The photos were found with letters about the machine, they are freely available online. Watt developed two sculpture-copying machines; one for same size copies and one for … Continue reading WATT’S EIDOGRAPH

FIRST WORLD WAR

Sunday marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. The War created a seismic shift culturally, politically, geographically and technologically – its ramifications are still being felt. The necessity of the War brought with it huge advances in all sectors of engineering. Over the last 4 years we have been looking at how engineering and the War impacted each other. Engineers at War: from Home … Continue reading FIRST WORLD WAR