William Lockhart Bone's membership proposal form


We have added another 8 years of membership records for IMechE, IAE and ILochE to Ancestry, 1847-1938. The records have been fully indexed and so searching is easy – access is free to members using your IMechE login details (click ‘Members Ancestry’). Members of Ancestry and non-members can also use the collection (click ‘Discover Ancestry’). A selection of some of our most famous members forms are free … Continue reading RESEARCHING ENGINEERS

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

Flying testbed B2 Canberra WK163 fitted with a NSc D1-2 Double Scorpion rechargeable booster rocket. Stamped on rear - Napier Luton Airport, Neg no 22641, and Secret.


Whether you are in Dundee, Devises, Doha or Delhi you can now gain access to key items held in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers archive collection, all for free, just by going online. Curated from our extensive physical collections, our Virtual Archive showcases a selection of models, items, drawings, notebooks, photographs and documents about the history of engineering and the Institution. We have captured 3D … Continue reading VIRTUAL ARCHIVE: ENGINEERING HISTORY ONLINE

Mallard Engine


Our Presidents are drawn from across the spectrum mechanical engineering: representing the expertise and skills of the discipline. Presidential terms are now annual. For a portrait of each of our Presidents scroll through the image gallery, arranged by date (1847 onwards). For their biographies and portrait click on their name in the list. Past Presidents include George Stephenson (our first President and ‘Father of the … Continue reading IMechE PRESIDENTS


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

OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING-vernier caliper gauge

Joseph Whitworth’s Vernier Caliper Gauge Sir Joseph Whitworth (1803 –1887) was not only an engineer but also an entrepreneur, inventor, philanthropist and twice President of IMechE. In 1841 he devised the British Standard Whitworth system, which created an accepted standard for screw threads used into the 1980s. A Vernier Caliper Gauge measures the internal and the external diameters of an object with a greater degree … Continue reading OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING-vernier caliper gauge

Looking south at Cowper's roof


The Great Exhibition of 1851 is often recalled for its architectural, royal patronage and cosmopolitan feel but less commonly for what was actually displayed: the full title of the event was The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations. For engineers here was an opportunity to show their wears and skills. IMechE members contributed both to the organisation and the exhibits: Robert … Continue reading MAKING AN EXHIBITION