Front cover of the programme for the opening ceremony for One Birdcage Walk Sticky post

120 YEARS SINCE ONE BIRDCAGE WALK’S OPENING CEREMONY

The 16th and 17th May 2019 mark the 120th anniversary of the Opening Ceremony of 1 Birdcage Walk, home today to the IMechE. This blog post uses material from our archive to reveal more about the Opening Ceremony and the planning behind it. A rapidly growing membership meant that the Institution’s needs could no longer be met in its temporary locations first in Birmingham, then in … Continue reading 120 YEARS SINCE ONE BIRDCAGE WALK’S OPENING CEREMONY

SF Edge leaving Athy control, Napier racing car, 1903 for the 4th Gordon Bennett Trophy.

SEARCH THE IMECHE ARCHIVE: HOW-TO VIDEOS

These three short videos demonstrate how to search the archival collections, how to find historical member records and how to access images from the archive online. Searching the archive: Searching for historical members: Finding historical images:   Archive, Institution of Mechanical Engineers Continue reading SEARCH THE IMECHE ARCHIVE: HOW-TO VIDEOS

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

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. Archive, Institution of Mechanical Engineers 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