Engineering Heritage Awards

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Engineering Heritage Awards
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Concorde 101 G-AXDN
Awarded for Sites, locations, collections and artefacts of engineering significance which have changed the way in which society lives or functions.
Presented by Institution of Mechanical Engineers
First awarded 26 June 1984
Last awarded 30 April 2014
Currently held by Concorde 101 G-AXDN Imperial War Museum Duxford
Official website www.imeche.org/eha

The Engineering Heritage Awards, formally known as the Engineering Heritage Hallmark Scheme,[1] were established by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in 1984 to identify and promote artefacts, locations, collections and landmarks of significant engineering importance.[2]

Development of the Awards[edit]

Engineering Heritage Hallmark Scheme (EHHS)[edit]

In 1984, IMechE launched its Engineering Heritage Hallmark Scheme. For an object or artefact etc. to be considered for an award,[3] an IMechE member would be required to complete a nomination form and submit it to the Institution. Upon submission, two referees would be appointed, one nominated by the Regional Committee where the object is located and a second independent referee. The submissions from both referees would then be reviewed by the Institution's Technical Support department before a decision was taken on the application.

Engineering Heritage Awards (EHA)[edit]

In 2007, the Institution established the Heritage Committee to relaunch and promote the now renamed Engineering Heritage Awards. It simplified the application process, making it more transparent and with a quicker decision-making process. Furthermore, the criteria were changed, and the Institution's own library and information service became involved in the verification of details being submitted. The Award plaque was also redesigned (see below).

EHHA and EHA Plaques[edit]

Since 1984, the plaques presented to EHHS and EHA recipients have changed four times. The original plaque was a blue ceramic disc approximately 40 cm in wide. This was replaced in the 1990s by a rectangular steel plate mounted on a wooden base.

With the launch of the Engineering Heritage Awards in 2008, a new cast plaque was created. This was slightly modified in 2009 to reflect the rebranding of the Institution.

Engineering Heritage Award Recipients[edit]

Heritage Award Recipient Date Awarded Location Citation
1
CA Parsons No. 5 Generator
26 June 1984
Parsons Building, Trinity College, Dublin This was one of the first commercial machines based on the 1884 patent by Charles A Parsons for a steam turbine and used a dynamo as load. Output 65 amps, 100 volts at a speed of 12,000rpm. Presented to Trinity College, Dublin by Gerald Stone, BAI, 1911.
2
Claverton Pump
28 October 1984
Claverton Pumping Station, Ferry Lane, Claverton, Bath. BA2 7BH Designed by John Rennie 1761-1821. Built 1820-1813. Restored by Kennet and Avon Canal Trust 1969-1976.
3
Ffestiniog Railway
9 April 1985
Ffestiniog Railway, Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd. LL49 9NF In 1863 the company pioneered the use of narrow gauge steam locomotive haulage. The Fairlie patent design of articulated bogie locomotive and Britain’s first bogie coaches were successfully introduced in the 1870s. These innovations led to worldwide exports for British technology.
4
1930 Garratt Class Steam Locomotive No. 2352
26 September 1985
Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester. M3 4FP Made by Beyer, Peacock and Company. Established in 1854 at Gorton, Manchester, the firm became world renowned for its locomotives. Charles Beyer and Richard Peacock were founder members of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
5
River Don Engine
10 October 1985
Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield. S3 8RY A three-cylinder 12,000 hp engine with Joy Valve Gear, one of the most powerful surviving steam engines in the world. Built in 1905 by Davy Brothers of Sheffield and installed at Cammell’s Grimesthorpe Works to drive an armour plate rolling mill, this engine was transferred to the River Don Works of English Steel Corporation where it remained until Easter 1978.
6
Cragside
26 November 1985 (Rededicated 15 November 2013)
Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland. NE65 7PX The House of Lord Armstrong (1810–1900)inventor, engineer and armaments manufacturer. His hydraulic and hydroelectric inventions were applied throughout the estate. The house was the first in the world to be lit by electricity derived from water power.
7
Maudslay Rope-Forming Machine
2 April 1986
Chatham Historical Dockyard, The Old Surgery, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent. ME4 4TZ Designed and manufactured in 1811 by Henry Maudslay (1711–1831). It was used to re-rope HMS Victory and is still in use today.
8
Eling Tide Mill
29 August 1986
Eling Tide Mill, The Tollbridge, Totton, Southampton. SP40 9HF Restored in 1980 as a working tide mill museum. The only surviving mill in the world harnessing the power of the tide for the regular production of wholemeal flour.
9
Boulton and Watt Engine
19 October 1986
Crofton Pumping Station, Crofton, Marlborough, Wiltshire. SN8 3DW The world’s oldest steam engine still able to perform its original function. Presented to mark the year of the 250th anniversary of the birth of James Watt (Engineer) 1736–1819.
10
Kirkaldy Materials Testing Machine
28 April 1987
Kirkaldy Testing Museum, 99 Southwark Street, London. SE1 0JF (open on first Sunday of the month) Built in 1865 to David Kirkaldy’s design. This machine established the present-day system of materials testing and specifications of mechanical properties for engineering materials.
11
Tower Bridge
28 April 1987
Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, London. SE1 2UP Built to the design of Sir John Wolfe Barry. The whole mechanical construction is unique in the world and the acme of steam and hydraulic power of the Victorian era.
12
Post Office Underground Railway
28 October 1987
Plaque presented to Mount Pleasant Post Office, London. (Railway not open to visitors) Opened 5 December 1927. The first automatic electric railway and the only postal railway in the world, providing a unique solution to the problem of transporting large volumes of mail across a capital city.
13
Bellerophon
19 March 1988
Plaque at Museum of Rail Travel, Ingrow near Keighley, West Yorkshire. BD21 5AX. (Bellerophon on loan to Foxfield Railway, Stoke-on-Trent) Built in 1874 to Josiah Evans’ design at his family’s Haydock foundry. The earliest surviving example of piston valves in a steam locomotive. Restored to full working order by the Vintage Carriages Trust in 1985.
14
Huntsman Crucible Furnace and Tilt Hammers
12 May 1988
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Abbeydale South Road, Sheffield. S7 2QW The furnace (1829) is the world’s oldest surviving example of the type developed by Benjamin Huntsman. In its day it represented a great metallurgical achievement.

The tilt hammers (1785) are probably the oldest set on their original site. They exemplify engineering technology in the heyday of water power. Together they symbolise the achievement of steel-makers and engineers which provided the foundations of the Industrial Revolution.

15
Locomotion No. 1
19 May 1988
Darlington Railway Museum, North Road Station, Darlington. DL3 6ST Locomotion was built to a design originated by George Stephenson, the first President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

On the opening day of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, 27 September 1825, he drove this engine, hauling the inaugural train, on the world’s first steam-worked public railway.

16
Hawker Siddeley Harrier
25 October 1990 (Rededicated 18 October 2012)
RAF Museum Hendon, Grahame Park Way,London NW9 5LL The world’s first operational V/STOL aircraft which entered service in 1969.

Developed from the P1127, a concept by the Hawker Aircraft and Bristol Siddeley Engines design teams under the leadership of Sir Sydney Camm and Sir Stanley Hooker.

17
Princess of Wales Conservatory
2 May 1991
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond. TW9 3AB Designed by PSA Projects and opened on 28 July 1987 as the world’s most advanced energy-efficient conservatory.

It incorporates ten different climatic zones, created and maintained by a fully integrated computer-controlled system.

18
Thames Barrier
14 June 1991
Thames Barrier Learning Center, 1 Unity Way, Woolwich, London. SE18 5NJ Officially opened in 1984, it is the world’s largest navigable flood barrier and incorporated novel and unique engineering design and operation of equipment.

It is vital and effective in London’s flood defences as well as being one of the capital’s aesthetically pleasing major structures.

Project sponsored by the Greater London Council. Consulting engineers Rendel Palmer and Tritton. Operated by the National Rivers Authority.

19
Tees Transporter Bridge
2 December 1993 (Rededicated 19 October 2011 for its 100th anniversary)
Tees Transport Bridge, Ferry Road, Middlesbrough. TS2 1PL This is the world’s longest operational transporter bridge.

Since its opening in 1911 it has provided a reliable crossing of the Tees, without the need for approach embankments, allowing freedom of passage to ocean-going vessels. Designed by Mr GC Imbault of Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Co Ltd and built by Sir William Arrol and Co Ltd.

20
Wortley Top Forge
25 March 1994
Wortley Top Forge Industrial Museum, Forge Lane, Thurgoland, South Yorkshire. S35 7DN The world’s oldest surviving heavy-iron forge, operated from 1620 to 1908.

It earned a worldwide reputation for the quality of the railway axles produced in the 19th century. It was a pioneering example of integrated engineering, combining research, design, and manufacture and testing.

21
Thames Water Ring Main
13 July 1994
Throughout London. The Award was presented to Thames Water at its Islington offices. This is a unique water distribution system with a pressurised closed tunnel ring of drinking water, gravity fed from several treatment works.
22
Theo Williamson's House
14 February 1995
65 Gilmore Place, Edinburgh. EH3 9NU (The house is now a 4 star bed and breakfast) In this house lived David Theodore Nelson Williamson 1920–1992. Mechanical and Electrical Engineer. Originator of high-quality sound reproduction through his amplifier. World pioneer in the application of Numerical Control to Machine Tools which led to Computer-Aided Manufacture.
23
Turbinia
30 November 1995
Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 4JA TS Turbinia epitomises the achievements of Sir Charles Parsons (1854–1931), world renowned engineer and inventor.

Turbinia is powered by his greatest invention, the first practical steam turbine, which transformed high speed ship propulsion and established the foundation for present-day electrical power generation.

24
Trevithick's Penydarren Locomotive
7 February 1996
National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea. SA1 3RD Richard Trevithick’s Penydarren Locomotive was constructed in 1804 and was operated by the Merthyr Tramroad. This is a replica of that machine which drew widespread recognition of the potential for rail traction of Trevithick’s high-pressure steam engine.
25
Bryan Donkin's Rose Lathe
3 April 1996
The engine was donated to the Science Museum, London. It is stored within their archives and not on display. The intricate patterns engraved by this geometric lathe were used for over a century to protect bank notes and documents from forgery. In tandem with Bryan Donkin’s unique pantograph milling machine, the lathe produced high precision compound metal dies for printing simultaneously in two colours.
26
Rolls Royce RB211 Engine
3 May 1996
Rolls Royce Heritage Centre, Derby. DE24 8BJ The RB211 is the first, and at present the only, three-shaft, high bypass ratio aero engine in the world to go into production. 25 years on, it is still setting new standards of reliability and durability.
27
Otto and Langen Engine
10 July 1996
University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham. NG7 2RD This engine (Nº379) c1872 is one of about 1,300 built by Crossley Brothers, Manchester to a Nikolaus August Otto design patented in 1866.

It is an example of the first commercially successful internal combustion engine which was introduced at the 1867 Paris Exhibition.

28 & 29
Channel Tunnel and Eurostar
9 June 1997
Channel Tunnel - Folkstone, Kent. Eurostar - Waterloo Station, London. (Eurostar has now relocated to St Pancras Station, London) The Channel Tunnel is one of the most advanced and largest engineering projects of its type. It carries both conventional trains and vehicle shuttles and has reduced the time to cross the Channel to minutes rather than hours.
30
Kew Bridge Pumping Station
10 July 1997
Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Middlesex. TW8 0EN Unique in its approach to the preservation of water pumping equipment, in particular the original installations of five famous Cornish beam engines.
31
The Nottingham CHP Community Heating Scheme
1 May 1998
Throughout Nottingham The Nottingham Combined Heating and Power Scheme is the first in the UK to produce commercial electricity and hot water for community heating by the efficient incineration of refuse.

Reducing refuse to sterile, inert residue and extending the life of landfill sites are additional environmental and economic benefits of the scheme.

32
SS Great Britain
5 February 2000
Great Western Dock, Gasferry Road, Bristol. BS1 6TY An outstanding example of IK Brunel’s innovative design that made a significant contribution to society and mechanical engineering. It was the first iron-hulled, screw-propelled vessel to cross any ocean. It was conceived as a key element in the integrated transport system from London to the New World.
33
Priestman Oil Engine
29 March 2000
Streetlife Museum, High Street, Kingston upon Hull. HU1 1PS William Dent Priestman (1847–1936) patented in 1885 an internal combustion engine to burn fuels heavier than petrol.

Introduced in 1886, it was the first successful engine of its type in the United Kingdom. The quality of his mechanical engineering has lasted.

34
World's First Prototype Cast Steel Node
30 March 2000
Sheffield Forgemasters, Brightside Lane, Sheffield. S9 2RX The world’s first cast steel node made in 1978 at the nearby foundry of River Don Castings, now part of Sheffield Forgemasters.

Used to join the tubulars of offshore oil platforms, the design in cast steel represented a significant milestone for both the development of casting technology and offshore structures.

35
Fluent CFD[disambiguation needed] Software
1 April 2002
ANSYS UK, Sheffield Business Park, 6 Europa View, Sheffield. S9 1XH Awarded in recognition of the significant impact of the Fluent CFD software (Releases 1–5, 1983 to 1998) on knowledge, excellence and innovation in mechanical engineering, and for its resultant contribution to the health and well-being of society, the economy and the environment.
36
Jubilee Line Extension
19 November 2002
Plaque located at Canary Wharf Underground Station, Canary Wharf, London. In recognition of the numerous features contributing to passenger safety and access on the Jubilee Line Extension, exemplifying the continuous innovation in London’s Underground system from its inception in 1863.
37
The Bessemer Converter[5]
26 March 2004
Kelham Island Industrial Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield. S3 8RY In recognition of the outstanding contribution to the steel industry by Sir Henry Bessemer through his invention of the Bessemer Process for steelmaking as embodied in this last remaining example of the Bessemer Converter.
38
Float Glass Process
2 November 2004
Pilkington Group Limited, Prescott Road, St. Helems, Merseyside. WA10 3TT Invented by Sir Alastair Pilkington and his team of engineers, scientists and production workers in 1953 at Pilkington Brothers, St Helens. This process has revolutionised window and automotive glass production throughout the world since the 1960s.
39
Bramah Hydraulic Press
7 April 2005
Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield. S3 8RY Presented in recognition of the outstanding contribution to mechanical engineering made by Joseph Bramah in laying the foundations of fluid power engineering, as embodied in this last remaining example of a Bramah Hydraulic Press.
40
Gardner 4L2 Engine
7 May 2005
Anson Engine Museum, Anson Road, Poynton, Cheshire. SK12 1TD The Gardner 4L2 engine was the first consistently reliable, high-speed direct injection diesel engine. Its fuel efficiency, total reliability and longevity were to transform road transport.
41
Robert Stephenson's Works
5 September 2005
The Stephenson Works, 20 South Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 3PE (public access ceased in 2009) The Stephenson Works on South Street in Newcastle housed the world’s first purpose-built locomotive works. These buildings were the birth of the steam locomotive, which revolutionised the railway industry worldwide.
42
The Vickers Wellington Bomber[6]
19 September 2007
Motorsport and Aviation Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey. KT13 0QN The Wellington, with its unique geodetic structure designed by Sir Barnes Wallis, was the most technically advanced of the new generation of RAF bombers developed in the mid-1930s. It served throughout World War Two and pioneered many features used in later designs.
43
The Bull Engine[7]
12 May 2008
Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Middlesex. TW8 0EN The largest engine of its type in existence and the only example still in its original location. The design was developed by Edward Bull in the 1790s and subsequently by Harvey and Company in Cornwall.
44
The Great Western Society[8]
27 September 2008
Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot Parkway Station, Oxfordshire. OX11 7NJ For its work in preserving and recreating the heritage of the Great Western Railway, allowing future generations to enjoy the work of Brunel, Gooch and Churchward, to participate and to learn engineering skills.
45
Beyer Peacock Garratt K1 Locomotive[9]
5 October 2008
Ffestiniog Railway, Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd. LL49 9NF Built in 1909 to HW Garratt’s patent, the first of over 1,000 Garratt-type articulated locomotives exported from Manchester to all corners of the world. They gave reliable service in some of the most remote places on Earth.
46
The English Electric Lightning[10]
12 September 2008
BAE Systems, Warton Aerodrome, Preston. PR4 1AX The only all-British fully supersonic fighter aircraft type. In frontline service with the RAF 1960–1988, a record for a fighter jet.
47
JCB Dieselmax Engine[11]
9 October 2008
Anson Engine Museum, Anson Road, Poynton, Cheshire. SK12 1TD One of the pair of JCB444-LSR engines that powered the JCB Dieselmax Car to a speed of 350.092 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats on 23 August 2006. Presented in recognition of its success in setting the FIA international record for diesel-powered cars.
48
Crossness Engine House and James Watt Beam Engines[12]
20 January 2009
The Crossness Engines Trust, The Old Works, Crossness Sewage Treatment Works, Belvedere Road, Abbey Wood, London. SE2 9AQ Presented for its work on the restoration of the 1865 Engine House and the James Watt Rotative Beam Engines, which, with the pumps, were a key part of Joseph Bazalgette’s sewage system that rid London of cholera and typhoid.
49
The Bombe at Bletchley Park[13]
24 March 2009
Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes. MK3 6ED Rebuilt in 2007 using the original blueprints. An electromechanical device designed by A Turing, G Welshman and H Keen, used in cracking the German Enigma code during the Second World War. The 200 Bombes built by the British Tabulating Machine Company played a pivotal role in winning the war.
50
Perkins Wolf Engine[14]
28 April 2009
Perkins Heritage Center, Perkins Engines, Frank Perkins Way, Peterborough. PE1 5NA Perkins Wolf. Designer: CW Chapman. The first high speed diesel engine. The Wolf with its patented Perkins Aeroflow combustion system could run at 3,000rpm and was available for light truck and passenger car conversions from 1933. The success of Perkins Engines was founded upon this engine.
51
Class A1 Steam Locomotive (Tornado: 60163)[15]
23 May 2009
National Railway Museum, leeman Road, York. YO26 4XJ Tornado – A1 Pacific Locomotive. Designer: AH Peppercorn. Completed in 2008 using a blend of traditional and modern engineering skills, Tornado is the first mainline steam locomotive to be built in this country since 1960. The A1 Pacifics were the last LNER express passenger design, able to run 118,000 miles between repairs. None were preserved at the end of steam.
52
Old Bess
16 September 2009
The Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London. SW7 2DD
Old Bess Engine. Power for the Industrial Revolution.

In recognition of James Watt’s improvements to the steam engine. ‘Old Bess’ was built by Boulton and Watt in 1777 and used to power their Soho Manufactory until 1848. This engine was the precursor of much of the power-generating plant on show in the Museum and is the oldest surviving of Watt’s engines.

53
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight[16]
8 April 2010
Royal Air Force, Coningsby, Lincolnshire. LN4 4SY The Avro Lancaster, Hawker Hurricanes and Supermarine Spitfires of this Flight are a tribute to the airmen who lost their lives in the service of this country and an inspiration to all.
54
Kempton Pumping Station[17]
14 May 2010
Kempton Park Water Treatment Works, Snakey Lane, Hanworth, Middlesex TW13 6XH Designed by the Metropolitan Water Board under the direction of Henry Stilgoe. These two triple expansion engines were manufactured by Worthington-Simpson at Newark-on-Trent and commissioned in 1928. They provided clean water to the people of London for 50 years.

Engine No. 6 (known as The William Prescott) is the largest working steam engine in the World.

55
The Pocket Power Station[18]
21 June 2010
Internal Fire - Museum of Power, Castell Pridd, Tanygroes, Ceredigion. SA43 2JS Powered by the Bristol Siddeley Proteus engine and conceived by A N Irens, this 3MW unit was commissioned in 1959. It pioneered the concept of unmanned power stations and the use of lightweight gas turbines for power generation. This is the only operational set on public display in the world.
56
Sir Harry Ricardo's First Engine[19]
30 June 2010
Ricardo, Shoreham Technical Centre, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex. BN4 5FG This four-stroke stratified charge engine, designed by Sir Harry Ricardo at the age of 17, was built in 1903 and used for pumping water at his family home. Its success encouraged Sir Harry to a lifetime of engine design and development. President of the IMechE in 1944, his thoughts and inventions still contribute to the success of Ricardo today.
57
Bluebell Railway[20]
22 August 2010
Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex. TN22 3QL The first preserved standard gauge passenger railway in Great Britain, running its first train in August 1960. The Bluebell Railway has impressive workshop facilities and is committed to preserving and developing the rolling stock, infrastructure, skills and atmosphere of a working steam railway.
58
Claymills Victorian Pumping Station[21]
12 November 2010
Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, Meadow Lane, Stretton, Burton on Trent,Staffordshire. DE13 0DA Awarded to the Claymills Pumping Engines Trust for their restoration of Britain's most complete example of a Victorian sewage pumping station. From 1885 to 1971 this site dealt with the effluent from Burton upon Trent's brewing industry. Among its many treasures is the oldest working steam driven dynamo in the country.
59
Queen Street Mill Textile Museum[22]
25 November 2010
Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, Queen Street, Harle Syke, Burnley, Lancashire. BB10 2HX
'Peace'
Powering the last steam driven weaving mill in the world

This horizontal tandem compound condensing engine was built by W Roberts and Sons of Nelson in 1894 and powered the mill until Queen Street Manufacturing Company closed down in 1982. Now 'Peace' is preserved and can be seen working in her original location.

60
HMS Belfast
1 December 2010
HMS Belfast, Morgan's Lane, Tooley Street, London. SE1 2JH
HMS Belfast
Modified Town Cruiser Class

Launched in 1938 at Harland & Wolff, the only surviving major Royal navy warship from WWII. Four 20,000 hp steam turbines, a speed of 32 knots, twelve 6 inch guns and displacing 11,500 tons; HMS Belfast’s success in battle is a tribute to her sound design and the skill and courage of her crew.

61
Quarry Bank Mill[23]
11 March 2011
Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate, Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 4LA
Quarry Bank Mill

A unique collection of working textile and power machinery enabling visitors to experience the whole process from spinning raw cotton to weaving finished cloth.

Quarry Bank Mill is a site of educational importance, providing a link for the children of today with children of a bygone era.

62
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum
12 April 2011
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, Swanwick Lane, Swanwick. SO31 7GW
Bursledon Brickworks

The steam driven extrusion plant was installed in 1897 and operated for over 70 years. Restored by the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust, this is thought to be the only working example in the country.

Brick making machinery such as this was key to the expansion of our towns and cities.

63
Holland 1 Submarine[24]
4 May 2011
Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, Hampshire. PO12 2AS
Holland 1
Designer: John Philip Holland

Built by Vickers Maxim at Barrow-in-Furness and launched in 1901, this pioneer submarine was powered by a 160 hp petrol engine and had a surface speed of 8 knots. A 70 hp electric motor gave a submerged speed of 7 knots.

Holland 1 was the Royal navy's first operational submarine.

64
Woolwich Royal Arsenal[25]
2 June 2011
The Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London. SE18 6ST
The Royal Arsenal
1671 to 1967

The Royal Arsenal produced much of the armaments required by this country during the growth of the British Empire and through two World Wars. Many important mechanical innovations were developed by the first Chief Mechanical Engineer, Sir John Anderson (1814-1886), Vice President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

65
PS Waverley[26]
13 August 2011
PS Waverley (Various Locations)

PS Waverley A & J Inglis Ltd - Glasgow

Built in 1946 for the London & North Eastern Railway, Waverley is the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world. She has a displacement of 693 tons and Rankin & Blackmore triple expansion steam engine producing 2100 ihp at 58 rpm. In acceptance trials she achieved a speed of 18 knots.

66
Avro Vulcan XH558 (Vulcan to the Sky Trust)[27]
27 October 2011
Vulcan to the Sky, Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster. DN9 3RH

Avro Vulcan XH558

Designed by Roy Chadwick and Stuart Davies

The last airworthy representative of the RAF's V-bomber fleet, the British strategic deterrent from 1955 to 1969, the Vulcan is a stirring example of British leadership in aviation. XH558 was in service until 1993 and is powered by four Rolls-Royce Olympus engines.

67
Talyllyn Railway[28]
30 October 2011
Talyllyn Railway, Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd. LL36 9ET

Talyllyn Railway

Opened in 1866, the Talyllyn Railway is the oldest continuously operated narrow gauge railway in Britain. In 1951 it became the world's first volunteer operated preserved railway.

At 7.25 miles long and with a gauge of 2 feet and 3 inches, the Talyllyn Railway is an important part of Welsh industrial heritage.

68
[29] Central Valve Steam Engine
18 November 2011
Alstom Power, Willans Works, Newbold Road, Rugby. CV21 2NH

Central Valve Steam Engine

Willans & Robinson

Built in 1901 at Rugby, this 140 hp three crank compound engine was in service for 57 years.

Willans engines ran at 350 to 500rpm and could be direct-coupled to generators. In 1892 they accounted for 68% of all electricity generated in Britain, dominating this market until the advent of steam turbines.

69
Jaguar E-type[30]
25 November 2011
Jaguar Heritage, Browns Lane, Allesley, Coventry. CV5 9DR

Jaguar E-type

Designed by Malcolm Sayer under the direction of Sir William Lyons (HonFIMechE) the Jaguar E-type is a direct descendant of the cars which won five Le Mans 24 hour races during the 1950s.

It introduced breakthrough motor engineering technology such as the combined monocoque-spaceframe which in later years was adopted by Formula one.

70
Boulton and Watt Engine
20 December 2011
Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney, Australia.

Boulton and Watt Engine

The oldest rotative steam engine in the world.

Built in 1785, it powered Whitbread's London Brewery until 1887. James Watt demonstrated this engine to King George III when he visited the brewery in 1787.

This engine marks the start of mass industrialisation and the exponential increase in our use of fossil fuel.

20 December 2011

71
Humphrey Pump
20 December 2011
Cobdogla Irrigation Museum, Cobdogla, South Australia

The Humphrey Pump

H A Humphrey MIMechE

A four-stroke engine with no pistons or crankshaft, Humphrey's ingenious invention patented in 1906 acts directly upon the water it pumps.

This gas-fuelled example, built by William Beardmore & Co., served Cobdogla from 1927 to 1965.

Restored in 1985, it is the only working Humphrey Pump in the world.

20 December 2011

72
Locomotive No.1
20 December 2011
Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney, Australia.
Locomotive No.1

The oldest surviving steam locomotive in Australia

Built by Robert Stephenson & Co. in 1854, this is the only locomotive designed by James McConnell, one of the founders of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, to have been preserved.

Locomotive No.1 symbolises the transformation of social, industrial and commercial life in New South Wales through British railway technology.

20 December 2011

73
Yavari[31]
14 March 2012
Yavari, Puno Bay, Lake Titicaca, Peru.

MS Yavari

The world's oldest iron kit-built ship.

Designed by James Watt & Co and built in 1862 by the Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding Co, she was assembled on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Peru and launched in 1870.

Now powered by a 1914 4-cylinder Bolinder hot bulb semi-diesel engine producing 320 bhp at 225rpm, MS Yavari is an enduring symbol of the ingenuity and global reach of British engineering.

14 March 2012

74
Titan Crane
5 July 2012
1 Aurora Avenue, Queens Quays, Clydebank. G81 1BF

Clydebank Titan Crane

Sir William Arrol & Co

Built in 1907 for John Brown's shipyard, the Titan Crane is the oldest of its type in the world.

With a lifting capacity of 200 tons, Titan was instrumental in the prosperity of the shipyard and Clydebank's rich shipbuilding heritage.

This giant cantilever crane dominates the local landscape, inspiring all who visit it.

5 July 2012

75
Falkirk Wheel
6 July 2012
The Falkirk Wheel, Lime Road, Tamfourhill, Falkirk. FK1 4RS

The Falkirk Wheel

Opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, this is the world's only fully rotating boatlift.

A sublime fusion of ancient mechanical engineering principles with cutting edge design and technology, The Falkirk Wheel serves the local community and adorns the landscape.

6 July 2012

76
Short SC1 VTOL Aircraft[32]
4 October 2012
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland. BT18 0EU

Short SC1 Research Aircraft

Designer: David Keith-Jones FIMechE

In 1960 the SC1 became the first British fixed-wing aircraft to switch from vertical to horizontal flight and back again.

Using four Rolls-Royce RB108 engines for lift and one for forward propulsion, the SC1 advanced knowledge in control systems and the safe operation of VTOL aircraft.

4 October 2012

77
Trencherfield Mill[33]
4 November 2012
Trencherfield Mill Engine House, Heritage Way, Wigan, Lancashire. WN3 4EF

This magnificent horizontal-twin tandem triple-expansion engine powered all the cotton-spinning machines in the mill for 60 years.

Built by J&E Wood in 1907, the engine could produce 2,500 hp at 68rpm.

Today, it drives the mill's unique multi-floor rope race through the 70 ton flywheel.

78
Ellenroad Engine[34]
4 November 2012
Ellenroad Engine House, Elizabethan Way, Newhey, Rochdale. OL16 4LE

Victoria and Alexandra

The Ellenroad Engine

The only working survivor of the great twin horizontal tandem compound steam engines that powered the largest Lancashire mills.

Built in 1892 as a triple-expansion engine by J&W McNaught of Rochdale and rebuilt in 1920 by Clayton, Goodfellow & Co of Blackburn.

Developing 3,000 hp at 200psi, it drove all 122,000 spindles at the Ellenroad Mill.

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Newcomen Engine Replica[35]
9 November 2012
Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands. DY1 4SQ

The Newcomen Engine

Black Country Living Museum

This is a full size working replica of the earliest documented steam engine. Built in 1986 using contemporary 18th Century engravings, inventories and descriptions, this engine marks the dawn of the Industrial Revolution.

The original engine was erected near Dudley in 1712. It was capable of pumping 170,000 gallons of water a day without recourse to wind, water or animal power.

This engine was restored to celebrate the Tercentenary.

80
Lion Locomotive
23 November 2012
Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool. L3 1DG

Lion Locomotive Todd, Kitson & Laird of Leeds

Star of track and film, Lion is the oldest locomotive to have been steamed in Britain.

Lion was built in 1838 and worked for 20 years on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway before being sold to Mersey Docks & Harbour Board as a stationary pumping engine.

Rescued in 1927, this 0-4-2 represents the typical British locomotive of her era.

81
Cruachan Power Station[36]
30 November 2012
Cruachan Power Station Visitor Centre, Lochawe, Dalmally, Argyll. PA33 1AN

Cruachan

Balancing supply with fluctuating demand.

Transforming electrical energy to potential energy and back again, Cruachan is the world's first high-head reversible pumped-storage power station.

Opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1965, Cruachan can generate over 440MW of electricity during peak demand or use surplus electricity to pump water to the reservoir 300 meters above.

82
LNER Class A4 4468 Mallard [37]
5 April 2013
National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York. YO26 4XJ

Mallard

The World's Fastest Steam Locomotive

Designed for speed by Sir Nigel Gresley, Past President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Mallard was built in Doncaster in 1938 and was the first A4 Pacific to have a Kylchap double chimney, reducing exhaust back pressure and increasing power output at high speeds.

It attained 126mph descending Stoke Bank on 3 July 1938.

83
King Edward Mine
17 May 2013
King Edward Mine, Troon, Camborne. TR14 9DP

King Edward Mine Mill

Training Generations of Mining Engineers

Opened by the Camborne School of Mines in 1904 this, the oldest complete Cornish tin mill, marked a major change in tin concentration processes and technology.

Restored to working condition, the mill continues to demonstrate to visitors how mined ore is treated to produce finished tin concentrate.

17 May 2013

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APT-E
24 May 2013
National Railway Museum 'Locomotion', Shildon, County Durham. DL4 1PQ

Advanced Passenger Train - Experimental

British Rail - Derby

The world's first self-propelled active tilting train and the first to use computer designed wheelsets and active suspension to eliminate hunting.

Powered by ten 350hp British Leyland gas turbines the APT-E set the British speed record for non-electric traction of 152.3mph in 1975.

Design principles of tilting trains in use today can be traced back to the APT-E.

24 May 2013

85
Volk's Electric Railway[38]
13 July 2013
Volk's Electric Railway, Marina Drive, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 1EN

Volk’s Electric Railway Brighton

The world’s oldest operating electric railway opened 4 August 1883

Constructed by pioneering electrical engineer Magnus Volk, the line still follows much of the original route.

Continued operation of this railway is a tribute to his life and work.

86
Lacey Green Windmill[39]
14 July 2013
Lacey Green Windmill, Windmill Farm, Pink Road, Lacey Green, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire. HP27 0PG

Lacey Green Windmill

The oldest surviving Smock Windmill in the United Kingdom with wooden machinery dating from around 1650.

Restored from dereliction to working order between 1971 and 1986 by volunteer members of The Chiltern Society.

87
SR.N5 Hovercraft[40]
13 September 2013
Hovercraft Museum, Daedalus Site, Lee on the Solent, Gosport, Hampshire. PO13 9NY

SR.N5 Hovercraft A new way of travelling.

Built in 1963 and powered by a 900 horsepower Bristol Siddeley Gnome gas turbine, Saunders Roe Nautical 5 was the first production hovercraft in the world.

This particular craft was used to demonstrate SR.N5 worldwide and train all the pilots for the Inter-Service Hovercraft Trials Unit based at Lee-on-Solent.

This is the last example in the world.

88
LNWR 'Coal Tank' No. 1054[41]
19 October 2013
Ingrow Loco Museum, Ingrow West Station, South Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire. BD21 5AX

LNWR 'Coal Tank' No. 1054

Designed by Francis Webb

Built in Crewe Works by the London & North Western railway in 1888 this 0-6-2T steam locomotive was not withdrawn until 1958, having travelled over one million miles in 70 years of public service.

With its preservation in 1960 it became a pioneer of today's heritage railway movement.

19 October 2013

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Little Willie[42]
13 December 2013
The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset. BH20 6JG

Little Willie William Foster & Co

Designed by William Tritton and Walter Wilson, Little Willie, originally the No. 1 Lincoln Machine, was built in 1915. It subsequently introduced a new design of caterpillar track able to cope with the rigours of the Western Front.

This machine pioneered the combination of armour, firepower and mobility that led to the modern tank.

13 December 2013

90
Papplewick Pumping Station[43]
21 December 2013
Papplewick Pumping Station, Rigg Lane, Ravenshead, Notts. NG15 9AJ

Papplewick Pumping Station

A fine example of a Victorian fresh water pumping station.

Drawing from a 200 feet deep well, the two James Watt & Co rotative beam engines could supply Nottingham with three million gallons of clean water per day.

Built by Marriot Ogle Tarbotton and cmopleted in 1884, it was in constant operation until 1969.

21 December 2013

91
Armstrong Disappearing Gun
24 January 2014
Taiaroa Head, Dunedin. New Zealand

6-inch Armstrong Disappearing Gun

Taiaroa Head, New Zealand

Guarding Otago Harbour, this breech loading gun was operational from 1889 to 1919 and pressed into service again from 1941 to 1943. Mounted on a hydro-pneumatic carriage it could fire a 100lb shell out to 8000 yards.

It was restored to working order by volunteers from the Antique Arms Association and Otago Peninsula Trust.

24 January 2014

92
Smethwick Engine[44]
14 February 2014
ThinkTank, Millenium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham. B4 7XG

The Smethwick Engine Boulton & Watt

The World’s Oldest Working Steam Engine. Designed by James Watt, the Smethwick Engine was erected in 1779 and pumped water at Smethwick Locks until 1891. It contains many original parts, including the main timber beam, and was the first engine to use the expansive power of steam.

14 February 2014

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BT19 Racing Car[45]
16 March 2014
Victorian Historic Racing Register Clubrooms, 30-32 Lexton Road, Box Hill, Victoria. Australia

REPCO Brabham BT19 Racing Car

Sir Jack Brabham AO OBE Ron Tauranac AO & Phil Irving OBE

Winner of the 1966 Formula One Drivers' and Constructors' Championships, to date the only car to do so bearing the same constructor's and driver's name.

The BT19 with its 310bhp REPCO V8 engine was a novel, effective, reliable race car that gave Jack Brabham his 3rd Formula One championship.

16 March 2014

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Anderton Boat Lift[46]
21 March 2014
Anderton Boat Lift, Lift lane, Northwich, Cheshire. CW9 6FW

Anderton Boat Lift

The world's oldest operational boat lift

Designed by Edwin Clark and opened in 1875 to raise boats 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal using hydraulic power.

Later converted to electric drive, it was restored to hydraulic power in 2002 and continues to provide a navigable link between the two waterways.

21 March 2014

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Concorde[47]
30 April 2014
Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR

Concorde BAC - Aerospatiale

Powered by four Rolls-Royce Olympus engines with afterburners, this was the first supersonic transport to enter service and pioneered the use of fly-by-wire in an airliner.

Concorde 101 G-AXDN is the British pre-production version. She reached Mach 2.23 (1,450mph) in April 1974 and holds the speed record for the fleet.

30 April 2014

iPhone app[edit]

On 25 October 2011, the Engineering Heritage Awards were added to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' iPhone and iPad application. Users can now sort the awards by A-Z, type and location. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store (search 'Institution of Mechanical Engineers'). The app is in addition to the Engineering Heritage Award compendium.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Purpose of Awards: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storyCode=404541&sectioncode=26
  3. ^ EHHS Award Process: http://www.topforge.co.uk/Magazines/Award.htm
  4. ^ EHA Plaque 1: Picture courtesy of Terry Whalebone
  5. ^ http://www.industrialhistory.yas.org.uk/content/news063.html
  6. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/surrey/7002146.stm
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