Resources from the IMechE Library and Archive

council minutes

The Council Minutes exist from the very foundation of the Institution and record decision making throughout the Second World War. They are a rich source of information about the Institution and its Members. The Council Minutes can be accessed online free of charge here: https://archives.imeche.org/archive/institution-history/council-minutes?

membership records

Membership records commence in 1847 and are available online through Ancestry.com up until 1938. Access can also be gained by contacting us.

IMechE Members may search the records free of charge here.

Non-members may search the records here. (Ancestry Membership required)

Proceedings

Since their earliest meetings, Members of the IMechE have presented papers with the intent of sharing knowledge and inviting debate.

Many of those papers shared and published during the Second World War and afterwards expand on the themes of this exhibition and a number of relevant papers are available free of charge below.

Access to the IMechE Proceedings is available via SAGE.

PLUTO
Hartley, A. C. “Operation Pluto” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, volume 154 (1946), pp 433-438

Mines
Wadlow, E.C. “Mechanical engineering aspects of naval mining” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, volume 160 (1949), pp 22-32

Rockets
Crow, Alwyn D “The rocket as a weapon of war in the British forces”, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, volume 158 (1948), pp 15-21

Perring, W. G. A, “The mechanism of the German rocket bomb”, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, volume 154 (1946), pp 93-100

Aviation
Mensforth, Eric “Airframe Production” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, volume 156 (1947), pp 24-38

Banks, F. R. “The aviation engine” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, volume 162 (1950), pp 433-445

Ricardo, Harry R “Piston aero-engines” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, volume 157 (1947), pp 193-197

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)
Rowcroft, E. Bertram, “Problems encountered by the royal electrical and mechanical engineers in the field”, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, volume 158 (1948), pp 178-186)

Gyroscopes
Stratton, A, “Gyroscopes for inertial navigation”, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, volume 178 (1964), pp 1129-1155

Engines
Fedden, Alfred Hubert Roy “The development of the mono-sleeve valve for aero engines”, Proceedings of the Institution of Automotive Engineers, volume XXXIII (1938-1939), pp 609-658 and plates xxi-xxxv

Defence
Kirkby, J. M. ‘Some Mechanical Features in Anti-Submarine Weapons’, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, volume 160 (1949), pp 33-51

General
Throp, Arnold. ‘Marking Methods and War Production’, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, volume 51 (1944), pp 285-290

Lloyd, A. H. ‘British Machine Tools during the War’, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, volume 154 (1946), pp 216-219

Ramsey, A. G. ‘War Time Problems, Planning, and Performance’, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, volume 148 (1942), pp 57-65

Appleton, Edward. ‘The Scientist in War Time: The Thirty-Second Thomas Hawksley Lecture’, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, volume 154 (1946), pp 303-316

Gough, H. J. ‘Research and Development Applied to Bomb Disposal’, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, volume 156 (1947), pp 6-16

Varley, Gilbert. ‘The Reconditioning of War-Damaged Machine Tools’, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, volume 153 (1945), pp 109-111