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Mechanical Collection

Background imageMechanical Collection: D Napier and Son - Deltic

D Napier and Son - Deltic
General arrangement of Deltic 18-11B MTB Driving End

Background imageMechanical Collection: The Engine Room at the Clement-Talbot Motor Works, London

The Engine Room at the Clement-Talbot Motor Works, London
The Engine Room at the Clement-Talbot Motor Works, Ladbroke Grove, North Kensington, London, alongside the Great Western Railway line and between Wormwood Scrubs

Background imageMechanical Collection: Flying Scotsman - LNER High-pressure Compound Express Loco

Flying Scotsman - LNER High-pressure Compound Express Locomotive No. 10, 000 leaving Waverley Station, Edinburgh, Scotland - designed by Sir Herbert Nigel Gresley

Background imageMechanical Collection: Joseph Whitworth, IMechE, medal and invitation

Joseph Whitworth, IMechE, medal and invitation
Joseph Whitworth, P IMechE, medal and invitation, 1857 Date: 1857

Background imageMechanical Collection: Welsh Lady using a Singer Sewing Machine

Welsh Lady using a Singer Sewing Machine
Seated Welsh Lady using a Singer Sewing machine in traditional costume, with a similarly-dressed lady alongside as well as a smart Welshman

Background imageMechanical Collection: GLC-LFB - Foam Tender at East Ham

GLC-LFB - Foam Tender at East Ham
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageMechanical Collection: Harrisons First Chronometer

Harrisons First Chronometer
This photograph shows Harrisons first chronometer, developed between 1729 and 1735 in response to the British Government offer of a 20

Background imageMechanical Collection: Greyhound Racing

Greyhound Racing
Humorous illustration by George Studdy showing a rather embarrassed man in the crowd of spectators at a greyhound race, bemused to find his hat blown off

Background imageMechanical Collection: Testing a Cows Udders

Testing a Cows Udders
Testing the udders of dairy cows before they are attached to a mechanical milking machine

Background imageMechanical Collection: A robot to open an exhibition: the new mechanical man

A robot to open an exhibition: the new mechanical man
Photograph and sketches of an aluminium man, the first British robot invented by Captain Richards and Mr. A.H. Refell. The machine could rise, bow and make a speech

Background imageMechanical Collection: Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison / IMechE

Background imageMechanical Collection: Automaton at the Schoolboys Own Exhibition, 1929

Automaton at the Schoolboys Own Exhibition, 1929
A physiological robot at the Schoolboys Own Exhibition in London, 1929. Designed to show how organs of the body work, here three young visitors take great interest in its insides. Date: 1929

Background imageMechanical Collection: Man with mechanical digger in a muddy field

Man with mechanical digger in a muddy field
A man working next to a mechanical Hy-Mac digger in a muddy field. Perhaps the digger has got stuck in the mud, and he is trying to dig it out

Background imageMechanical Collection: Hoisting Hops

Hoisting Hops
Hoisting pokes of hops onto a drying platform. Despite modern advances such as mechanical hop presses, horses were still being used for hoisting the pokes (sacks). Date: 1930s

Background imageMechanical Collection: Hush Hush Railway Engine crossing the Forth Rail Bridge

Hush Hush Railway Engine crossing the Forth Rail Bridge
Hush Hush Railway Engine (designed by Sir Herbert Nigel Gresley CBE) crossing the Forth Rail Bridge. The LNER W1 No. 10000 (known as the Hush-Hush due to its secrecy)

Background imageMechanical Collection: Advert for Ransomes lawn mowers

Advert for Ransomes lawn mowers
An advertisement for Ransomes lawn mowers, showing three different products available. Date: 1883

Background imageMechanical Collection: IMechE Leeds meeting. Members ticket

IMechE Leeds meeting. Members ticket, 1859 Date: 1859

Background imageMechanical Collection: GLC-LFB - Foam Tender at Edmonton

GLC-LFB - Foam Tender at Edmonton
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageMechanical Collection: Cap badge, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Cap badge, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Brass cap badge (the Kings Crown Shield) of REME, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Oval in shape, with a crown at the top, a pair of compasses at the centre

Background imageMechanical Collection: Communist Factory Worker

Communist Factory Worker
A young man, the ideal of the heroic communist worker, working at a complicated piece of machinery in a cellulose paper factory in Balakhna, Russia

Background imageMechanical Collection: Johannes Gutenberg, German goldsmith and printer

Johannes Gutenberg, German goldsmith and printer
Johannes Gutenberg (Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg), German goldsmith and printer. He invented mechanical movable type and thereby began a revolution in book printing

Background imageMechanical Collection: Foundation letter (1846) - Institution of mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Date: 1846

Foundation letter (1846) - Institution of mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Date: 1846

Background imageMechanical Collection: Wheel worked by dog - turning roasting spit, Carmarthenshire

Wheel worked by dog - turning roasting spit, Carmarthenshire
Wheel worked by a dog for turning the roasting spit - used until the end of the first quarter of the 19th century. This example was the property of the late Sir John Williams, Bart

Background imageMechanical Collection: Three Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer craftsmen

Three Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer craftsmen
Photograph of three Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer craftsmen repairing the engine of an A Squadron, 15/19th Kings Royal Hussars Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier, Malaya

Background imageMechanical Collection: Joseph Whitworth

Joseph Whitworth
SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH English mechanical engineer and inventor Date: 1803 - 1887

Background imageMechanical Collection: Ubiquitous bulldozer by G. H. Davis

Ubiquitous bulldozer by G. H. Davis
The ubiquitous bulldozer: a mechanical tool of peace becomes an important weapon during the Second World War. Date: 1944

Background imageMechanical Collection: Testing of a vacuum by weight

Testing of a vacuum by weight / IMechE

Background imageMechanical Collection: Tandem tricycle

Tandem tricycle / IMechE

Background imageMechanical Collection: Waiting at the Cotton Gin - Memphis, Tennessee

Waiting at the Cotton Gin - Memphis, Tennessee. A cotton gin is a machine that quickly and easily separates cotton fibers from their seeds Date: circa 1910

Background imageMechanical Collection: Architects proposed front elevation, IMechE HQ

Architects proposed front elevation, IMechE HQ, Storeys Gate, 1896 1896

Background imageMechanical Collection: IMechE Coat of Arms, from the Royal Charter

IMechE Coat of Arms, from the Royal Charter, 1930 Date: 1930

Background imageMechanical Collection: Power and control in R101

Power and control in R101
The first diesel-engined airship: power and control in R101. Illustrations of some of the features of R101: a power car, the chart room, and mooring arrangements

Background imageMechanical Collection: Road widening in Brixham, Devon

Road widening in Brixham, Devon
Road widening in Middle Street, Brixham Devon, with an Albion lorry and mechanical digger

Background imageMechanical Collection: Bullion Office. Bank of England. Chopper for Light Sovereign

Bullion Office. Bank of England. Chopper for Light Sovereign
Engraving of a mechanical chopper used to deface gold coins, which were under weight. In June 1842 the Bank of England recalled millions of gold sovereigns which through wear had lost weight

Background imageMechanical Collection: Advert for Geo. Whight & Co, musical Celestina 1885 Advert for Geo

Advert for Geo. Whight & Co, musical Celestina 1885 Advert for Geo
Mechanical musical instrument, you could buy the music separate quite cheaply so compact that it could be put in your pocket, with thousands of tunes, psalm, march or dance. Date: 1885

Background imageMechanical Collection: ?Long Cecil? gun model

?Long Cecil? gun model
?Long Cecil? gun / IMechE model

Background imageMechanical Collection: GLC-LFB - Turntable Ladder at Brigade HQ

GLC-LFB - Turntable Ladder at Brigade HQ
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageMechanical Collection: Specification & tender for ?Otis? electric passenger elevato

Specification & tender for ?Otis? electric passenger elevato
IMechE: specification & tender for ?Otis? electric passenger elevator, 25 Feb 1897 Date: 1897

Background imageMechanical Collection: Marine-engine dynamometer

Marine-engine dynamometer, PIMechE 1877, vol.28, p.l.39 Date: 1877

Background imageMechanical Collection: IMechE Birdcage Walk HQ building

IMechE Birdcage Walk HQ building 2009 Date: 2009

Background imageMechanical Collection: Accident compensation / W H Robinson

Accident compensation / W H Robinson
When an accident occurs, the Pro Bono Instanto mechanical arm can quickly thrust liquid refreshment in front of the victim to hopefully dissuade him from taking you to court - a remarkable advance in

Background imageMechanical Collection: Car cross section / W H Robinson

Car cross section / W H Robinson
Cross section through Mr K. R. G. Brownes (author) new sports car, showing drive and water cooling system (watering can). Please note

Background imageMechanical Collection: D Napier and Son - Bristol centaurus

D Napier and Son - Bristol centaurus
Bristol Centaurus 661 engine

Background imageMechanical Collection: Group photo, Moor Hall Estate, Harlow, Essex

Group photo, Moor Hall Estate, Harlow, Essex
Group photo in front of the Doric portico of Moor Hall Estate, Harlow, Essex - cricketers and others of Harlow and Sawbridgeworth

Background imageMechanical Collection: Barrel leveling, trussing and hooping machine 1875

Barrel leveling, trussing and hooping machine 1875
Two separate devices, the first by a machine which compresses the barrel end wise between two disks and other by iron hooks

Background imageMechanical Collection: Mechanical Advertisement Illustrations

Mechanical Advertisement Illustrations
A pair of mechanical advertisement illustrations, the top image promotes the Asiatic Petroleum Co. Ltd, while the bottom car interior image promotes Shell-Mex and B.P. Ltd. Date: circa 1939

Background imageMechanical Collection: RAF recruits undergoing mechanical training, WW2

RAF recruits undergoing mechanical training, WW2
RAF recruits undergoing mechanical training Date: circa 1941

Background imageMechanical Collection: RAF cadets learning about the aero engine, WW2

RAF cadets learning about the aero engine, WW2
RAF cadets learning the mechanical marvels of the aero engine Date: circa 1941



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