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

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

Image showing a model water rube boiler

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

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