The drawings show both design development and final, including patent, designs. They include drawings by renowned engineering artists such as David Joy. Also of note: are drawings by James Nasmyth related to the steam hammer; patent and drawings of George Stephenson's work at Clay Cross; and drawings by Boulton & Watt. Largely related to locomotive/railway development, the collection also covers several design developments for the First World War- namely machine gun mountings for Vicker's, gun wagons for the transport of heavy artillery and design drawings for paravanes (mine destroyers).
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Technical drawings within the field of mechanical engineering. Material ranges from individual items to larger collections often supported by photographs and text. Predominantly 19th and early 20th century.
Conditions Governing Access
Open, except where advised due to conservation reasons.
Donation and purchase.
Other Finding Aids
Archive catalogue, http://www.imeche.org/knowledge/library/catalogues
Groups of items or collections historically catalogued under the heading of engineering drawings, future developments will see the drawings reunited with document based items or re-catalogued as discreet collecitons.