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

Sailing chariot

BOOK REVIEW: Mathematical Magick

Laura Beduz, Librarian, reviews a historical book from the Library’s special collections. Mathematical Magick, John Wilkins, 1680 This is one of the earliest books on mechanical engineering housed in the Institution Library. It was published in London in 1680 and was presented to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers by Henry Adams on the 11th Aug 1921. In this work, John Wilkins describes the “mechanical arts”, … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Mathematical Magick

WINTER READING LIST

The IMechE Library have put together a special, seasonal reading list of selected UK and international papers from a variety of engineering industries including the automotive, aerospace, building and chemical industries. Topics include; building insulation, lighting and heating efficiency and studies on snow, de-icing and the effects of weather conditions on the ground and in the air. IMechE Members, you can read these papers by … Continue reading WINTER READING LIST

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

The Institution's Library (also home to the Archive) has changed little on the face of it but in actual fact we do offer modern services such as a virtual library and archive. Drawing by Sydney R Jones. Christmas 1953.

BOOK REVIEW: Internal Combustion Engine Design

This month we have a book review by Institution Member, David Andrews (Member of the IMechE Engineering Heritage Awards Committee). David reviews the highly detailed book, Internal Combustion Engine Design, written by former Ricardo Chief Designer, John Manning. In this review, David highlights the essence of this book, which is the importance of engineering design and engine designers. “Machines are made by machines. Engineers are … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Internal Combustion Engine Design

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

CANBERRA TO FLY AGAIN

Record-breaking English Electric Canberra to be returned to flight The team that returned Vulcan XH558 to flight is to return another iconic all-British jet to the airshow circuit, guest post from http://www.vulcantothesky.org.  One of Britain’s most important jet-age aircraft is to be returned to flight. English Electric Canberra WK163 spent most of her life playing a central role in the development of advanced propulsion technologies … Continue reading CANBERRA TO FLY AGAIN

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

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Sir Joseph Swan is one of the many people credited with the invention of the incandescent electric light bulb, and his house in Gateshead was the first in the world to be lit by light bulbs. It was Swan who oversaw the fitting of his good friend Sir William Armstrong’s Cragside house with electric light bulbs. Swan was born in 1828 near Sunderland, and trained … Continue reading CHRISTMAS LIGHTS