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Happy Birthday to ‘ingeniator’ Fred Lanchester – born 153 years ago today

19th October 2021

Today we celebrate the 153rd birthday of the engineer, scientist, inventor, author, poet and possibly the first ‘ingeniator’ – Fred Lanchester. On October 23rd 1868, in Lewisham Octavia and Henry welcomed Fred Lanchester into the world and alongside his brothers […]

Pure Ingenuity: Contra-rotating propellers, a piece of Wright Brothers’ history and a little Lanchester on Mars

6th April 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover, having survived its own hair-raising landing on Mars, has released a unique machine that is set to become the first vehicle to undertake powered flight on another planet. The Ingenuity helicopter didn’t have far to travel (about […]

International Women’s Day – The story of Edith ‘Biddy’ Lanchester: A woman of substance and controversy

8th March 2021

We would like to share with you a story which tells of the life of Edith ‘Biddy’ Lanchester, younger sister of Henry, Frank and Frederick. In the late 1890’s Edith was making the front pages of newspapers from Birmingham to […]

Lanchester SketchClub online – November’s theme: Advertising

25th November 2020

Welcome to another inspiring Lanchester SketchClub. We’re continuing online as winter approaches, but we hope to be able to resume the SketchClub in our public space soon. As always, you can share images of your creative work on our social […]

Going green: Uk government ban on petrol and diesel cars in 2030 will come just 120 years after Fred Lanchester’s first patent for hybrid power

18th November 2020

And a mere 103 years since his ‘Petrelect’ powered protoype car was being tested on the streets of Birmingham and Warwickshire! But to tell the story of Fred’s hybrid foresight we must go back to that original patent from 1910 […]

Happy Birthday to Hollywood’s Bride of Frankenstein, Elsa Lanchester!

28th October 2020

[column width=”1/1″ last=”true” title=”” title_type=”single” animation=”none” implicit=”true”] Not many people know the connection with Fred Lanchester and Hollywood. Although Fred didn’t make an appearance in front of the camera in a blockbuster movie, his niece did. Elsa Lanchester was the […]

Lanchester SketchClub online – October’s theme: Ways of Seeing – Painting with Light

Welcome to another inspiring Lanchester Sketch Club. As the clocks go back, we’re continuing online, but we hope to be able to resume soon. Last month’s Sketch Club was about Turning Circles and we look forward to sharing your artwork online […]

Happy Birthday to Fred Lanchester, born on the 23rd October 1868

23rd October 2020

[column width=”1/1″ last=”true” title=”” title_type=”single” animation=”none” implicit=”true”] On October 23rd 1868, Fred Lanchester was born to Octavia and Henry in Lewisham, beginning a lifetime of innovation and invention which still reverberates around the institution that maintains such strong links with […]

1932 Coventry University Lanchester finally hits the road at the Gaydon Gathering

20th October 2020

This month, after such a long period of lockdown, we began to work again on our amazing 1932 car that links the university, library and city with the name Lanchester. Over 70 hours of volunteer time (and many more years […]