FROM OUR MEMBERSHIP RECORDS…DORA JOAN SHAWE (1926 -2015)

Welcome to our new series of blogs where we will be delving into our historical membership proposal forms to learn more about some of our past members. Our historical membership proposal forms consist of the application forms completed by individuals when they applied to a class of IMechE membership.  We often hold more than one form for each individual as they moved between membership grades … Continue reading FROM OUR MEMBERSHIP RECORDS…DORA JOAN SHAWE (1926 -2015)

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

COMMEMORATING #VEDAY75: LIBRARY LIFE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of “Victory in Europe” VE Day on 8th May 2020, we have been delving into the IMechE Proceedings to find out what wartime library life was like at the Institution and One Birdcage Walk. You might be surprised to read that both the Institution’s membership and library usage grew considerably between 1939-1945. The 1944 annual report states that: “the growth … Continue reading COMMEMORATING #VEDAY75: LIBRARY LIFE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

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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

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2020: HIGHLIGHT ON BEATRICE SHILLING

For International Women’s Day 2020 we are highlighting the work of renowned aeronautical engineer Beatrice Shilling. In 1956 Beatrice Naylor (nee Shilling), 1909-1990, joined the Institution of Mechanical Engineers as an Associate Member, thus adding Chartered Engineer (CEng) to her portfolio of qualifications. Beatrice made her application in 1956 shortly after being promoted to the post of Senior Principle Scientific Officer (Special Merit) in the … Continue reading INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2020: HIGHLIGHT ON BEATRICE SHILLING

HVAC ENGINEERING CONFERENCE: RESOURCES

Will you be attending the upcoming HVAC Engineering conference on Design, Commissioning and Operational Considerations for Large Infrastructure? In this two-day event, engineers will have the opportunity to learn from experts in nuclear, construction, pharmaceutical, data centres, railway, commercial buildings, biomedical, and tunnelling. Why not check out these HVAC-related titles from the IMechE online library too? Continue reading HVAC ENGINEERING CONFERENCE: RESOURCES

FROM THE GALLERY: MARINE ENGINEERS AND HOW TO BECOME ONE (1897)

The IMechE Library has been providing an information service to members since at least 1877, even before the Institution moved into its current location in One Birdcage Walk. It still holds many early engineering works, most of which are now located on the galleries which surround the library room. This series of posts looks at the fascinating stories these works can tell about history of … Continue reading FROM THE GALLERY: MARINE ENGINEERS AND HOW TO BECOME ONE (1897)

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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

THE W.H. ALLEN DESK

As a result of the library’s recent refurbishment and re-opening as the Library and Members’ Hub, visitors coming to view our archives will now be working on the desk used by engineer William Henry Allen in his office at the Queen’s Engineering Works in Bedford. Allen’s company, WH Allen and Sons, were best known as the leading British manufacturer of marine auxiliary machinery for the … Continue reading THE W.H. ALLEN DESK