Our Bessemer letters are now online, free for all to read! One discusses the affinity of phosphorus and iron and the separation of the two. Bessemer is most widely known for the process named for him. Born in Hertfordshire in 1813 to a French engineer father, he showed an interest in engineering and invention as a boy. His first invention, was to use brass as … Continue reading SIR HENRY BESSEMER


Calum Hughes reviews ten key oil and gas resources for mechanical engineers. Calum is a dual-qualified chartered mechanical engineer and lawyer. He is a Director of Yellow Wood Energy Consulting and a long-term member of the IMechE’s Oil, Gas and Chemicals Committee. Process systems and materials for CO2 capture: modelling, design, control and integration (Wiley, 2017) A compilation of technical papers and case studies covering … Continue reading TOP OIL AND GAS RESOURCES

Armstrong's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. William Kingo Armstrong: 11th April Graduate 1913. Student, Municipal School of Technology Manchester. Captain, South Lancashire Regiment, 4th Battalion. Killed in action. 1918 Obituary  Captain WILLIAM KINGO ARMSTRONG, S. Lancashire Regiment, was born at Eccles, Manchester, on 22nd November 1891. He received his early education at St. Anne’s-on-Sea, afterwards entering the Manchester … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Harrison's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Douglas Roy Dilworth Harrison: 26th March Associate Member 1912. Mechanical Engineer, Prince Line Steamships. Sergeant, Royal Fusiliers; then 2nd Lieutenant/Assistant Adjutant Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action. 1918 Obituary  Sec.-Lieut. DOUGLAS ROY DILWORTH HARRISON, Durham Light Infantry, was born at Burnley on 11th February 1883. He was educated at Burnley Grammar School … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Adams' membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Dudley Adams: 21st March Graduate 1911; Associate Member 1918. Engineer, Adams & Co. Educated in Sydney. Captain, Royal Field Artillery/ Royal Garrison Artillery, 130th Heavy Battery. Joined 1915. Killed in action, France. 1918 Obituary  Captain DUDLEY ADAMS, R.G.A., was born in Sydney on 2nd November 1890, being the elder son of W. … Continue reading ON THIS DAY


Graham Isaac, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, University of Leeds, reviews resources on product development from the IMechE Library. Members can follow the links to find out about accessing titles. Product development titles Engineering Design, Planning, and Management (Elsevier, 2012) Explores project management and creative design in the context of both established companies and entrepreneurial start-ups. 574 pages. Comprises 12 … Continue reading TOP PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES


Carling’s slide collection is now available on our Virtual Archive. 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 Some of the images can be seen here. In his Presidential Address to the Institution … Continue reading LOCOMOTIVE TESTING

BOOK REVIEW: A square deal all round

This month we have a book review by David Andrews, member of the IMechE Engineering Heritage Awards Committee. David reviews A square deal all round, which tells the story of the famous company Perkins Engines. The title is a pun on the Perkins logo, which is made up of circles intersecting a square. He recommends the book as: “engineers can always learn something from studying the … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: A square deal all round

Last arch of Blackfriars


Today, a train journey into London crossing over Blackfriars Railway Bridge provides the curious sight of a series of bright red bridge columns stretching out across the Thames. A clue to the origin of these columns lies at the South side of the river; a splendidly restored abutment displaying the insignia of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LC&DR).   The columns mark the position … Continue reading BLACKFRIARS

WWI engineering workshop


This week marks 100 years since (some) women got the vote in this country. It is also 100 years since a woman first presented a paper at the Institution. Olive Monkhouse talked about The Employment of Women in Munitions Factories. World War I brought with it a huge increase in demand for munitions, at the same time the workforce was reduced by men signing up … Continue reading EMPOWERING WOMEN