Women factory workers 1917

CLAUDIA & VERENA

Magnificent Women and their Revolutionary Machines Guest blog from Henrietta Heald Loughborough University’s Pioneering Women: There must be some sort of creative magic in the air of Loughborough. This thought occurred to me last week when I heard that two 16-year-old schoolboys from the Leicestershire town had been jointly awarded the title Young Engineer of the Year. Sankha Kahagala-Gamage and David Bernstein won the prize for inventing a vest … Continue reading CLAUDIA & VERENA

Bolts and Nuts: My take on Mechanical Engineering — African Women in Science and Engineering

As a young girl growing up, I was always fascinated by the things around me. When I looked at human beings, birds, airplanes, ships and cars, one question constantly plagued my mind, “How do they function the way they do?” via Bolts and Nuts: My take on Mechanical Engineering — African Women in Science and Engineering Continue reading Bolts and Nuts: My take on Mechanical Engineering — African Women in Science and Engineering

Women factory workers 1917

Letting The Women In – When did engineering organisations first admit women? — women engineers’ history

The early history of women becoming professional engineers in the UK, at the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is full of the barriers and gatekeepers which had to be passed before women could get in. Obviously, getting the education was one barrier but another was that the professionalisation of engineering brought about […] via Letting The Women In – When did engineering organisations … Continue reading Letting The Women In – When did engineering organisations first admit women? — women engineers’ history

Lovelace's diagram from Note G, the first published computer algorithm

ADA LOVELACE DAY

11th Oct 2016 is Ada Lovelace Day (ALD). It is an international day of celebration of women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The day aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and thereby create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers. One way of doing this is through providing resources for schools. It also aims to support women currently … Continue reading ADA LOVELACE 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

Girl with motorised bike, c1898

EARLY MOTOR BICYCLES

  This picture of a very early British motor bicycle originally came from pioneer motorist Montague Graham White’s collection with the note that it was a Lawson 1898-1899 motor bicycle. It is of the first British made motor bicycle that went into production. The first catalogued motor bicycle was the Pennington designed New Beeston Family Motor Cycle, it was featured in their 1898 sales folder … Continue reading EARLY MOTOR BICYCLES

Haslett, Dame Caroline - seated at desk

ANNIVERSARIES SERIES – Dame Caroline Haslett

This month makes 120 years since the birth of Dame Caroline Haslett. Dame Haslett was born on 17th August 1895 in West Sussex. The daughter of a railway signal fitter/activist, Haslett had an interest in engineering from a young age. After leaving school, she worked at the Cochran Boiler Company as a junior clerk, becoming both a manager of the office and then during the … Continue reading ANNIVERSARIES SERIES – Dame Caroline Haslett

Engineers at War: from home front to battle front

ENGINEERS AT WAR: FROM HOME FRONT TO BATTLE FRONT

Engineers at War: from Home Front to Battle Front On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. Engineers were involved in the conflict at every level, both at home and abroad. The First World War arguably represents the largest seismic shift of the … Continue reading ENGINEERS AT WAR: FROM HOME FRONT TO BATTLE FRONT

Plate from 'Internal-Combustion Engines for Marine Purposes', 1914

OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING-WWI journals online

First World War Journals From 1914-1919 IMechE published a round robin journal, relatively informal it lets you know what was happening within the Institution and some activities members were undertaking; crucially in relation to WW1. The 1914 edition features a section on the Summer Meeting in Paris, detailing activities to be undertaken and giving practical advice such as how to travel from Hull to Paris. … Continue reading OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING-WWI journals online

Prosthetic Arm

INNOVATIONS AND WW1

  As we prepare to launch our WW1 commemorative programme, we are taking a break this post from our regular series’ to highlight some everyday inventions that came about due to the conflict; some directly due to the war and some further developed because of it. Many of these were in response to casualty levels never witnessed before, offering lifelines to people at the time … Continue reading INNOVATIONS AND WW1