Sharing a birthday with the Women’s Engineering Society: Verena Holmes, an outstanding professional mechanical engineer

This guest blog, written by Helen Close et al., looks at the remarkable career of mechanical engineer Verena Holmes, through newly uncovered archive material, including personal letters and diaries.

The Long Read: Discovering the Victorian Engineer Henrietta Vansittart, part 1

This blog post focuses on the life and work of Henrietta Vansittart (1833-1883) who held the patent for the Lowe-Vansittart propeller. This propeller was widely used in the Royal Navy’s ships and was awarded a first class diploma at the Kensington exhibition in 1871. A model of the propeller is held by the Science Museum Group. So why don’t we know more about her fascinating life?

A Model Engineer: Cherry Hill

In the field of model engineering, women remain under-represented, so the long and successful career of top modeller Cherry Hill, who has won many awards and accolades for her work, deserves to be highlighted. Especially because, despite her reputation within the model engineering community, Cherry Hill is almost unknown outside the community. This guest blog by Geoff Theasby tells her story.

Ira Rischowski: refugee engineer

How did one of Germany’s very first female engineers end up working in Britain during World War 2? The little-known story of Ira Rischowski is certainly not one of espionage. Hers is instead a drama of escape from Nazi persecution and narrowing opportunities until she was able to join the UK’s Women’s Engineering Society (WES).

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