Kitty May Brunell was one of a clutch of women motorsport riders in the 1920s-1930s. Born in 1911, Kitty grew up surrounded by racing. Her father was Bill Brunell (officially William Joseph Brunell), a well-known photographer of motorsports. Her mother was Katie Margaret Meech. Brunell officially began rallying in 1928, she was only seventeen at the time, but it seems she stopped around 1933. Despite … Continue reading WOMEN RIDERS

Women factory workers 1917


Magnificent Women and their Revolutionary Machines Guest blog from Henrietta Heald Loughborough University’s Pioneering Women: There must be some sort of creative magic in the air of Loughborough. This thought occurred to me last week when I heard that two 16-year-old schoolboys from the Leicestershire town had been jointly awarded the title Young Engineer of the Year. Sankha Kahagala-Gamage and David Bernstein won the prize for inventing a vest … Continue reading CLAUDIA & VERENA

Lovelace's diagram from Note G, the first published computer algorithm


11th Oct 2016 is Ada Lovelace Day (ALD). It is an international day of celebration of women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The day aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and thereby create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers. One way of doing this is through providing resources for schools. It also aims to support women currently … Continue reading ADA LOVELACE DAY

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


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

Girl with motorised bike, c1898


  This picture of a very early British motor bicycle originally came from pioneer motorist Montague Graham White’s collection with the note that it was a Lawson 1898-1899 motor bicycle. It is of the first British made motor bicycle that went into production. The first catalogued motor bicycle was the Pennington designed New Beeston Family Motor Cycle, it was featured in their 1898 sales folder … Continue reading EARLY MOTOR BICYCLES

Bhore Ghat Railway: Viaduct no.1 at 3 1/4 miles.


Today it is estimated that 2.2 billion people use the railway lines of Mumbai. The roots of this network lie 7,187 km away however, the Great Indian Peninsular Railway was incorporated by the British Parliament on 1st August 1849. It was to be the first railway in India to operate a commercial passenger service. On the 16th April 1853 the first train departed Mumbai (then … Continue reading BHORE GHAT

Haslett, Dame Caroline - seated at desk

ANNIVERSARIES SERIES – Dame Caroline Haslett

This month makes 120 years since the birth of Dame Caroline Haslett. Dame Haslett was born on 17th August 1895 in West Sussex. The daughter of a railway signal fitter/activist, Haslett had an interest in engineering from a young age. After leaving school, she worked at the Cochran Boiler Company as a junior clerk, becoming both a manager of the office and then during the … Continue reading ANNIVERSARIES SERIES – Dame Caroline Haslett

Dorothée Pullinger


Today for National Women in Engineering day, we celebrate the life of automobile engineer Dorothée Pullinger. Born in St Aubin-sur-Scie, France in 1894, Dorothée moved to England at the age of 8. At 16, She started work as a junior in the drawing office of Arrol-Johnston, in Paisley, Scotland where her father also worked as an engineer. By the time that WW1 broke out, Pullinger … Continue reading NATIONAL WOMEN IN ENGINEERING DAY

Ross in his lab, Alexandria 1915


Every six months we are updating Engineers at War: from Home Front to Battle Front with case studies looking at non-engineering, but related, topics.The latest concerns the fight against tropical diseases affecting troops. Guest post from LSHTM: Founded in 1899 The London School of Tropical Medicine, as it was originally known, was originally sited at Albert Dock in East London, as part of the Seamen’s … Continue reading TROPICAL DISEASE

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