Museum and Object Collection

Scope and Content

Engineering artefacts and models, including large working examples of engineering in miniature/scaled on display at the Institution's London headquarters. However, the majority of the collection is not readily available to view (see Conditions Governing Access).Of particular note are: steam traction engines by renowned model maker Cherry Hill; working workshop model based upon Royal Arsenal; First World War model Mercedes with movable parts; moving model Nasmyth steam hammer; Charles Parsons turbine (on loan to Manufacturing Technology Centre); Joseph Whitworth measuring machine and other artefacts; Frederick Lanchester's pendulum accelerometer used by Daimler, for brake and acceleration testing of vehicles; and wind tunnel test model of the Golden Arrow, world speed record car. Also, a number of artefacts belonging to George Stephenson, including tokens which allowed him perpetual free travel on various railways.

Administrative / Biographical History

Individual items historically grouped together to form a collection. Currently, the collection is being captured in 3D and the objects will be available via our website.

Access Information

Open, although for conservation reasons some items may be only available digitally. Many are not on display, please write to quoting the item you would like to view.

Acquisition Information

Mainly donation.

Other Finding Aids

Archive catalogue,