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

Handcock's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Reginald Henry Birbeck Handcock: 17th February Associate Member 1910. Assistant Engineer, Western Electic Co. Lieutenant, Army Ordnance Corps. Drowned in the Somme. 1917 Obituary  Lieut. REGINALD HENRY BIRBECK HANDCOCK, A.O.D., was born at Stoke-on-Trent on 10th January 1880, and was educated at schools at Stoke-on-Trent, and at Newcastle-under-Lyme. He began his apprenticeship … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

24-hour endurance record, SF Edge


At the turn of the twentieth century, motor-racing was fraught with danger.  Races took place on the long, straight, main roads between cities and were impossible to police.  Hazards included spectators on the road, non-race traffic and poor quality roads.  The particularly disastrous 1903 Paris to Madrid race almost ended the sport, when as many as ten casualties (among both participants and spectators) led to … Continue reading GORDON BENNETT!

Worssam's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Leslie Henry Worssam: 8th February Graduate 1903; Associate Member 1911. Head Draughtsman, Worssam & Son. Private, Honourable Artillery Company, 1st Battalion. Killed in action, France. 1917 Obituary  Private LESLIE HENRY WORSSAM, H.A.C., was born in London, on 3rd February 1885. He was educated at Aldenham School, and University College, London, and subsequently … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Crichton's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. John Arthur Crichton: 6th February Graduate 1907 (lapsed 1911); Associate Member 1913. Mechanical Engineer, JH Biles & Co. Major (Acting Lieutenant Colonel), Royal Hampshire Regiment, 6th Battalion, Royal Engineers, attached to Inland Water Transport. Died in Mesopotamia. 1917 Obituary  Major JOHN ARTHUR CRICHTON, R.E., was born at Netley Abbey, Hants, on 19th … Continue reading ON THIS DAY


SAE and ASME resources now available from the IMechE Virtual Library The Library team have secured online access to ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) digital papers for all IMechE members.  These high-quality resources provide everything you need to help streamline your designs. ASME technical journal and conference papers, now available From anywhere in the world, Members can search … Continue reading NEW FOR 2017: SAE and ASME TITLES

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

Parsons membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Beresford Frank Parsons: 23rd January Graduate 1913. Pupil Engineer, City Gas Works, Birmingham. Second Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps. Killed in a flying accident. 1917 Obituary  Sec. Lieut. BERESFORD FRANK PARSONS, R.F.C., was born in Birmingham on 18th March 1892. He received his early education at Solihull Grammar School and at King Edward’s … Continue reading ON THIS DAY


Here at the Institution, we have recently finished cataloguing the papers of Denis Rock Carling, Superintendent of the Rugby Locomotive Testing Station (LTS). If you are interested in researching our Carling papers, or any other collections, please email us at In his Presidential Address to the Institution of Locomotive Engineers in 1927 and again in 1934, Sir Nigel Gresley expressed the desirability of the … Continue reading LOCOMOTIVE TESTING

Russian commemorative stamp, 2002


When we think of snowy train journeys a romantic view of snow laden dales and trains steaming through drifts appears. However, the reality can be rather different. Perhaps no other route epitomises this battle between climate and engineering better than the Trans-Siberia Railway. In 1860 Russia’s railway network extended to 1,000 miles, by 1917 it was 45,000 miles. This huge increase was partly down to … Continue reading TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY