NEW FOR 2017: SAE and ASME TITLES

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

Lithograph of Ironbridge, the first iron bridge to be constructed, 1779. Christmas 1974.

ENGINEERS ADVENT

From the 1930s the Institution sent an official Christmas card, proceeds went to our Benevolent Fund. Click on the number to reveal that days image from our card collection.             1              2            3            4              5            6             7              8            9           10             … Continue reading ENGINEERS ADVENT

Engineers at War: from home front to battle front

ON THIS DAY

On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE staff member was killed in action. EDWARD NEWTON: 27th September IMechE Staff. Wartime posting(s) was/were, Private, London Regiment, Coldstream Guards, 3rd Battalion. Died from wounds, France. Institution First World War Honour Roll Members log in to Ancestry, via our Virtual Library, to access membership records for free. Archives, Institution of Mechanical Engineering Continue reading ON THIS DAY

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

IMAGE LIBRARY ONLINE

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

WWI Experimental tripod mounting 303 Vickers gun

REMEMBERING THE SOMME

During the First World War 1,270 Institution members went on active service. Between the 1st July and 18th November 1916, the Somme Offensive claimed many lives including those of 14 members. Whilst impossible to grasp the enormity of talent and loved ones lost, it seems fitting to remember these engineers.   Private Alexander Davidson, London Scottish Regiment died on 1st July. In 1898 he began … Continue reading REMEMBERING THE SOMME

Bulkeley, broad gauge express on mixed gauge track

BOOK REVIEW: GREAT WESTERN LOCOMOTIVES

Calling Members- if you enjoy reading one of our books or ebooks and think others should know about it then please submit a review to library@imeche.org David Andrews, IMechE and Heritage Award Committee Member, writes the first of our book reviews in this series. He looks at how historical management techniques can be applied today. “Why are some engineering organisations good at designing products? How … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: GREAT WESTERN LOCOMOTIVES

Architect's proposed front elevation, IMechE by Basil Slade

ONE BIRDCAGE WALK

In May 1899, the current home of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers was opened. The Institution began not in London, but in Birmingham in 1847.  By the 1870s the Institution decided to move to London. They had been holding meetings in London since 1851 (the year of the Great Exhibition) and decided that it was time to move south. They’d be closer to parliament for … Continue reading ONE BIRDCAGE WALK

Visits made by members of the Institution of St Louis, Festival Hall and Cascades

MEET ME IN ST LOUIS

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, or St. Louis World’s Fair, was an international event held in St. Louis in 1904. We know many Members of IMechE were planning on attending because James Rowan wrote to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Secretary to suggest that their attendance would be a good opportunity for the two Institutions to hold a joint summer meeting in Chicago. A … Continue reading MEET ME IN ST LOUIS

Stephenson's letter, side 1

STEPHENSON & IMECHE: FACT & FICTION

As with many foundation stories, myths have arisen around the founding of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Perhaps the most potent is that George Stephenson decided to set up IMechE due to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) rebutting his membership application on the grounds that he was not a real engineer. On re-cataloguing all the Stephenson archives (George and Robert, and their companies) … Continue reading STEPHENSON & IMECHE: FACT & FICTION

Stephenson's letter about becoming President

OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING- the birth of IMechE

George Stephenson and the birth of IMechE On 27th Feb 1847 Stephenson writes that he is to become President to a “highly respectable mechanical institution at Birmingham”. He is of course, conveying that he is to be the first President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Bell has written to ask him what honours he has to his name: Stephenson replies that he has no … Continue reading OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING- the birth of IMechE