FROM THE GALLERY: MARINE ENGINEERS AND HOW TO BECOME ONE (1897)

The IMechE 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 now located on the galleries which surround the library room. This series of posts looks at the fascinating stories these works can tell about history of … Continue reading FROM THE GALLERY: MARINE ENGINEERS AND HOW TO BECOME ONE (1897)

NEW BOOKS ADDED TO OUR ONLINE LIBRARY

Check out some of the latest handbooks that have been added to our online library! These key texts are perfect for students and cover a variety of topics such as chemical engineering, hydraulics, aerospace, and corrosion – to name a few. Continue reading NEW BOOKS ADDED TO OUR ONLINE LIBRARY

NEW TECHNICIAN BOOKS ADDED TO OUR ONLINE LIBRARY

We have lots of new titles available for the more technically-minded amongst you – whether you are studying an engineering course or just want to refresh your knowledge, we have lots of new engineering mathematics and science titles to browse through. Simply click on the titles to access them through our online library (login with your IMechE details.) Aircraft Communications and Navigation Systems, 2nd Ed, … Continue reading NEW TECHNICIAN BOOKS ADDED TO OUR ONLINE LIBRARY

THE W.H. ALLEN DESK

As a result of the library’s recent refurbishment and re-opening as the Library and Members’ Hub, visitors coming to view our archives will now be working on the desk used by engineer William Henry Allen in his office at the Queen’s Engineering Works in Bedford. Allen’s company, WH Allen and Sons, were best known as the leading British manufacturer of marine auxiliary machinery for the … Continue reading THE W.H. ALLEN DESK

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

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

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

Andrews' membership form

ON THIS DAY

On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member died due to WWI. Henry Godfrey Andrews: 22nd November Associate Member 1909. Assistant Borough Electrical Engineer, Bournemouth. Commissioned Temporary Sub-Lieutenant Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve 7/10/14, Temporary Lieutenant 28/2/15, Temporary Lieutenant Commander 1/7/15; Nelson Battalion Mediterranean Expeditionary Force 1/3/15-14/7/15. Ship ‘Greenol’. Gunshot Wound left leg, invalided to UK 13/9/15. Draft for British Expeditionary Force 18/1/18, joined Nelson … Continue reading ON THIS DAY