THE LIBRARY AND MEMBERS’ HUB AT ONE BIRDCAGE WALK

Are you a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers? If so, the next time you’re passing through London why not stop by the Institution’s headquarters at One Birdcage Walk? Whether you’re en route elsewhere, visiting for an interview/placement or simply working nearby, the newly-refurbished Library and Members’ Hub offers you a dedicated space for work, networking and study. This blog post shows you what’s … Continue reading THE LIBRARY AND MEMBERS’ HUB AT ONE BIRDCAGE WALK

LIBRARY REFURBISHMENT UPDATE

As you may already know, the Library space at One Birdcage Walk is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment and will relaunch as the Library and Members’ Hub in September. Work began on 22nd July, so we thought it was time to give you an update and a peek behind-the-scenes. The project aims to retain and enhance the feel and features of the Library as first conceived … Continue reading LIBRARY REFURBISHMENT UPDATE

IMechE membership register showing the handwritten entry for A. C. Hobbs.

THE IMECHE, THE GREAT EXHIBITION AND THE GREAT LOCK PICKING DEBATE

Between 1st May and 15th October 1851, the “Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations” more commonly known as the “Great Exhibition” took place in Hyde Park. The Great Exhibition offered the opportunity for many eminent engineers and engineering firms to display the products of their labour to the world. The occasion of the Great Exhibition prompted the Institution’s first London based … Continue reading THE IMECHE, THE GREAT EXHIBITION AND THE GREAT LOCK PICKING DEBATE

THE IMECHE LIBRARY IN 1899

The Library at One Birdcage walk not only retains many of its original architectural features dating back to the opening of the building in 1899, but also some of its collections! 120 years to the day since the official opening, we’re reflecting on what the Library was like at that time. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers was founded in Birmingham in 1847 to “give an … Continue reading THE IMECHE LIBRARY IN 1899

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

FROM THE GALLERY: LANCHESTER’S THE MUSICAL SCALE (1941)

The IMechE Library provides members with access to key engineering resources. While today this is increasingly in the form of engineering databases or online journals and texts, the 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 … Continue reading FROM THE GALLERY: LANCHESTER’S THE MUSICAL SCALE (1941)

Goodeve's membership form

ON THIS DAY

On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member died, the last of our WWI casualties. Thomas Edward Goodeve OBE: 26th January Associate Member 1906; Member 1914. Manager and Assistant Locomotive Superintendent, Southern and Western Railway. Royal Engineers. Operations in Egypt, including Sollum. He was at the engagement at Agagir on 26/2/1916. Major, Egyptian Expeditionary Force. Buried, Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery, Dimashq, Syria, Plot E4. Awarded: … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Domleo's membership form

ON THIS DAY

On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member died due to WWI. Robert Frearson Domleo: 10th December Graduate 1912. Apprenticed to Midland Railway. Lieutenant, Royal Engineers, Temporary 2nd Lieutenant (promoted 12 May 1917). 1919 Obituary  Lieut. ROBERT FREARSON DOMLEO, R.E., was born at Breaston, Derbyshire, on 28th August 1892. He was educated at Derby School, and served his apprenticeship in the locomotive works and … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

UNIQUE GIFTS FROM THE IMECHE ARCHIVE

You may already know that hundreds of images from the IMechE archive are available online, but did you know that you can order unique gifts featuring these images? Whether it’s a print, place mat, mug, jigsaw or coaster, these make excellent (and surprising) gifts for engineers and engineering enthusiasts. To take a piece of the IMechE archive home, simply choose your image, then choose your … Continue reading UNIQUE GIFTS FROM THE IMECHE ARCHIVE