The Engineer reported on the Bristol Aeroplane Company’s efforts to restore bomber engines damaged by enemy action or crash landings.
The Engineer reported how one Frenchman was determined to get maimed soldiers working again after serving in the First World War
The Engineer gave a detailed report of both the engineering behind the bridge that began the architectural transformation of New York and the tragic circumstances of its construction.
Stirling Moss’s victory in the Mille Miglia prompted The Engineer to indulge in some harsh criticism of the British motorsport sector
A letter to The Times from an eminent naval architect triggered a thoughtful article in The Engineer on compromise, risk and safety following the Titanic disaster
The destruction of the Hindenburg brought the age of the airship to a shocking close. In 1937 The Engineer reported on the design and construction techniques behind this iconic aircraft.
The first images from inside the Dounreay Fast Reactor since it was constructed in the 1950s have been obtained. In 1955, The Engineer reported on the concepts behind the reactor, and how it was built to be safe — but not to be dismantled.
This article from April 1965 reports on the Rover BRM Gas Turbine car, which was poised to become the first gas-turbine powered vehicle to officially compete in the Le Mans 24 hours race.
One of the earliest precursors to the tank may have resembled an upturned bathtub but it impressed the Edwardian Engineer nonetheless.
In April 1884 The Engineer was picking over the aftermath of one of the UK’s biggest ever seismic events: the great English earthquake.
The building of the original Wembley Stadium was a feat of — literally — military precision, including formation marching. It was also unthinkably fast by today’s standards, as Stuart Nathan explains.
First proposed in 1802, then alternately rejected and resurrected over the course of the following two centuries, the Channel Tunnel was back on the agenda in 1875.
Before Tower Bridge took its place on the London skyline, people had to go underground to cross the river. The Engineer described the construction of the now-forgotten Tower Subway, a forerunner of the modern deep-level Tube. Stuart Nathan reports
The Engineer’s 1959 article on Japan’s first nuclear power station, is a poignant reminder of both the UK’s diminished expertise in this area, and the impact of the 2011 Fukushima crisis.
At the beginning of the Swinging 60s, The Engineer reported on the commissioning of the UK’s experimental gas-cooled nuclear reactor. Almost 50 years later, we were there when it became the first reactor to be fully decommissioned.
While always championing innovation, The Engineer hasn’t always been in favour of change for change’s sake — and it could be pretty scathing when the mood took it, as this mid-19th century review demonstrates
Feb 1961, and The Engineer took a look at the proposed design of a structure which has become one of London’s best-known landmarks: the building known today as the BT tower.
The Engineer reports on the first test of an important new technology: the steam catapult
January 1920. And the pages of The Engineer were ablaze with an ill-tempered debate on female engineers which illustrates dramatically how much industry - and The Engineer itself - has changed over the last century.
Immortalised in popular memory by a famously terrible poem, the collapse of the Tay Bridge in Scotland was a terrible event which caused almost palpable shock in TheEngineer
To mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the London Underground The Engineer looks back to 1863 and a speech given to mark the occasion by John Fowler, chief engineer on the first line.
One of Britain’s most prominent automotive engineers turned his attention to allieviating the suffering of polio victims at the height of epidemics during the 1950s
The history of British civil aircraft is dotted with magnificent failures. The industry’s ability to design awe-inspiring vehicles that didn’t make any money was in itself an impressive feat. This year saw the 60th anniversary of the launch of one of the most noteworthy blunders: the Princess flying boat.
Just week’s after reporting on the death of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, The Engineer mourned the passing of another giant of British industry: Robert Stephenson.
Revered today as one of Britain’s most iconic figures, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was viewed rather differently by many of his contempories, not least the premier engineering journal of the day
Moonbounce experiments and Arthur C Clarke: our coverage of the beginnings of satellite telecommunications anticipates the launch of Telstar
Read The Engineer’s archive coverage of the technology behind the Apollo 11 mission
This article from The Engineer’s 1956 Centenary edition tells the fascinating story of The Engineer’s first 100 years
Our first issue gets caught up in a revolution then under way in printing technologies
A device for cleaning train carriages is shown to be effective — easing the toils of manual labour
A device for cleaning train carriages is shown to be effective – easing the toils of manual labour
Previous generation has some modern insight: The building of the Bankside power station put into focus how a new infrastructure should be established
The fight against cavitation has a long history
Submersible discovers mysteries of the deep
British torpedo boats make waves abroad
Novelty doors are an open-and-shut case
Ice-cold beer proves to be engine for change
A real blast from the past for the cern laboratory
House fires were an ever-present threat in Victorian times and this article from the archives proposes an intriguing solution to the problem.
This week in… 1876
Sixty years ago, the world’s first commercially-available computer took up a whole room
Messrs Merryweather and Sons unveil the steam-powered fire engine
A 1965 report from The Engineer details plans for a manned mission to Mars
The Channel Tunnel has had a chequered history, attracting equal amounts of criticism and praise since it was first proposed in 1802.
The Glasgow Exhibition of 1888 was a triumph for a city proud of its art, science and industrial heritage. Its aim was to draw international attention to its achievements and succeeded in raising £43,000 for the local area.
The Engineer hails an invention by M Dietz of Brussels “a triumph of mechanical skill applied to the art of music”.
This Week in 1861: Successful invention comes in from the cold
This Week in 1897: A naval foretaste of Japanese ingenuity
With Britain facing a future of raised petrol prices it’s more than likely that the country and its drivers will turn to alternative and cheaper modes of transport. What better to meet their needs than the both efficient and charmingly old school roller skate?
Shedding some light on commercial possibilities
A novel telescope, developed for military use in 1857, was highlighted by The Engineer as having some interesting civil applications. Invented by M Porro, the Napoleon III eye-glass was designed to help determine the range of artillery and spy on distant objects.
Bell Rock Lighthouse, the world’s oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse, has saved countless lives over the past two centuries. Located on the east coast of Scotland, it was built to alert seagoers to the dreaded Inchcape Rock, 11miles out from Arbroath Harbour.
With Britain in the middle of the coldest winter for 300 years, politicians and scientists have been scrabbling around to find low-cost and effective ways of coping with the weather.
The ground light ball was one of the earliest military methods of casting light on an enemy’s position at night. It faced a number of challenges, including inaccurate positioning and flimsy construction.
The great horseless carriage race of 1895 set the stage for the introduction of the motor car in the US.
The Rover 8, designed by Edmund Lewis cost £200 when it was launched in December 1904
Surpassing Tesla and Westinghouse’s original hydroelectric plant, the Sir Adam Beck power station had to generate electricity without harming the natural spectacle of Niagara Falls
Electric dreams become reality for UK railways.
The German battle cruiser Goeben was one of the fastest and most powerful warships of its day