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

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

Happy Christmas Eve! 'The Christmas Tree', by Albert Chevallier Tayler, 1911.

2014 REVIEW

2014 has been a year of great activity in the archive, pathing the way for exciting developments in 2015. This year cannot go past without mentioning those who lost their lives, while members of this Institution, during the First World War. We have commemorated them in a number of ways, through our Honour Roll and Engineers at War: from Home Front to Battle Front exhibition. … Continue reading 2014 REVIEW

Engineers at War: from home front to battle front

ENGINEERS AT WAR: FROM HOME FRONT TO BATTLE FRONT

Engineers at War: from Home Front to Battle Front On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. Engineers were involved in the conflict at every level, both at home and abroad. The First World War arguably represents the largest seismic shift of the … Continue reading ENGINEERS AT WAR: FROM HOME FRONT TO BATTLE FRONT

Gun mount for a Vickers gun, WWI

ENGINEERING & INNOVATION IN WW1

The centenary of the First World War is rightly being commemorated by a wide range of people and organisations. At the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, we have been investigating how the war sparked a technological battle for the best weapons, infrastructure and defences, and what this meant for engineering. New innovations include the tank and the gun mounted aircraft. The loss of workforces to the … Continue reading ENGINEERING & INNOVATION IN WW1

Parsons diamonds

OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING-black diamonds

Charles Algernon Parsons’ diamonds Although best known as the inventor of the steam turbine (a notebook about which we hold), Parsons also spent 40 years and a lot of money attempting to make diamonds. The results of his experiments were presented to the Royal Society in 1907 in a paper entitled ‘Some Notes on Carbon at High Temperatures and Pressures‘. In 1797 it was discovered … Continue reading OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING-black diamonds

Library from above

3D LIBRARY AND MUSEUM PROJECT

In a joint project with Max Communications we are developing an exciting new remote learning space. The first new resource is a virtual library tour which will allow researchers to discover our library from the comfort of their own homes, wherever those homes might be. Use the target points to move around the page, test the link on the computer screens and go to the … Continue reading 3D LIBRARY AND MUSEUM PROJECT