SIR HENRY BESSEMER

From 1833 Sir Henry Bessemer lived in Islington at 15 Northampton Square, on the site today is the main entrance of City, University of London. Today, a Blue Plaque for Bessemer is being unveiled by the Mayor of Islington. This will be accompanied by an exhibition which will focus on the history of Northampton Square, Bessemer’s life and his invention of the revolutionary Bessemer Process, as well … Continue reading SIR HENRY BESSEMER

Latest project before painting.

CHERRY HILL

Cherry Hinds Hill is a well-known name to those in the model engineering world and her models are considered remarkable for their quality. The Duke of Edinburgh Challenge Trophy and the Championship Cup has been won by Cherry 9 times. Yet she has always maintained a low profile-she has allowed her work to speak for her. Cherry’s models are based on both historic working engines … Continue reading CHERRY HILL

CREATING A DIGITAL ARCHIVE

Creating a virtual archive for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE’s Virtual Archive In conjunction with Townsweb The vast archive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) spans over 150 years in scope and is of National importance. So we were privileged to be selected by the Institution to build a Virtual Archive portal and publish their prestigious holdings online. Above image: Napier Deltic engine, … Continue reading CREATING A DIGITAL ARCHIVE

Russian commemorative stamp, 2002

TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY

When we think of snowy train journeys a romantic view of snow laden dales and trains steaming through drifts appears. However, the reality can be rather different. Perhaps no other route epitomises this battle between climate and engineering better than the Trans-Siberia Railway. In 1860 Russia’s railway network extended to 1,000 miles, by 1917 it was 45,000 miles. This huge increase was partly down to … Continue reading TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY

Lithograph of Ironbridge, the first iron bridge to be constructed, 1779. Christmas 1974.

ENGINEERS ADVENT

From the 1930s the Institution sent an official Christmas card, proceeds went to our Benevolent Fund. Click on the number to reveal that days image from our card collection.             1              2            3            4              5            6             7              8            9           10             … Continue reading ENGINEERS ADVENT

Christian Friedrich Lautenschlager in a Mercedes in the 1914 French Grand Prix

IMAGE LIBRARY ONLINE

Planes, trains and automobiles: mechanical engineering archives now online Over 1900 images from the archives and historic book collection of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) are now available online via VADS. From pictures of experimental cars, aeroplanes, engine designs, engineers portraits, railway locomotives and much more. Highlights include works of art of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, images of Napier engines, design drawings of … Continue reading IMAGE LIBRARY ONLINE

Queen Mary under construction

QUEEN MARY

80 years since the Queen Mary’s maiden voyage: documenting the construction and launching the RMS Queen Mary It’s 80 years since the maiden voyage of Cunard’s flagship liner, the Queen Mary, which held the transatlantic speed record from the 1930s to the 1950s. The IMechE library team has been cataloguing printed manuscripts ranging from the 19th to the 21st century,  and one of these is … Continue reading QUEEN MARY

Tunnelling Officers' Mines Rescue Class, Dudley Rescue School

TUNNELLING IN WWI

Engineers at War: From Home Front to Battle Front online exhibition The First World War drove many aspects of engineering on. Even though tunnelling had been a feature of warfare since at least 850BC, the rise and prominence of trench warfare during the conflict led to rapid advances. The main purpose of the Tunnellers work was to protect the infantry in their trenches from the … Continue reading TUNNELLING IN WWI

Architect's proposed front elevation, IMechE by Basil Slade

ONE BIRDCAGE WALK

In May 1899, the current home of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers was opened. The Institution began not in London, but in Birmingham in 1847.  By the 1870s the Institution decided to move to London. They had been holding meetings in London since 1851 (the year of the Great Exhibition) and decided that it was time to move south. They’d be closer to parliament for … Continue reading ONE BIRDCAGE WALK

Visits made by members of the Institution of St Louis, Festival Hall and Cascades

MEET ME IN ST LOUIS

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, or St. Louis World’s Fair, was an international event held in St. Louis in 1904. We know many Members of IMechE were planning on attending because James Rowan wrote to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Secretary to suggest that their attendance would be a good opportunity for the two Institutions to hold a joint summer meeting in Chicago. A … Continue reading MEET ME IN ST LOUIS