William Lockhart Bone's membership proposal form


The membership records for IMechE, 1847-1930, are online via Ancestry. Our current members get free access using their ‘my account’ login details. Non-members can use their Ancestry login, or if you don’t have one please contact us to make an enquiry about an historic engineer. Alongside IMechE online records, are some for the Institution of Automobile Engineers (1906–1930) and all those for Institution of Locomotive … Continue reading RESEARCHING ENGINEERS

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


Announcing the launch of our new and improved archive catalogue, archive cat. Archive cat provides a gateway to 1000’s of records charting the history of the Institution and of mechanical engineering; the archive is open to all. Railway engineering, manufacturing, power plant development and automobile development are particularly well represented through personal and company papers. Personal papers of prominent mechanical engineers include those of George … Continue reading ARCHIVE CATALOGUE

Fuselage Arrangement of the Experimental Aeroplane E28:39 from The First James Clayton Lecture: The Early History of the Whittle Jet Propulsion Gas Turbine Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers June 1945 152: 419-435


Since 1847 Proceedings from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers meetings have been published. As the successor body of the Institutions of Automobile and Locomotive Engineers the collection covers the full range of mechanical engineering expertise (see below for a full list of titles). This vast archive of over 150 years worth of engineering knowledge is available to view in our Library at 1 Birdcage Walk or online … Continue reading IMechE PROCEEDINGS