South Wales Institute of Engineers, Records

Scope and Content

Minutes 1857-1873, 1901-1986 and 1992-2007; attendances books 1931-1934 and 1959-1983; minutes of Institute of Mining Engineers South-Western Branch 1947-1951; members roll books 1857-1926 and 1897-1985; applications for admission 1900-1989, ballot lists 1900-1965 and application forms 1951-2007; indexes of federated members c.1950-1972; benevolent fund attendances 1927-87 and registers of directors 1927-1967 with various accounts 1923-1990, subscriptions book 1927-1969 and correspondence 1926-1970; cash books 1962-1983; annual reports 1972-1984; correspondence 1935-1937 and 1963-1971 and outgoing mail 1989-1992; Cardiff Engineering Exhibition correspondence 1933; miscellaneous papers relating to affiliation, membership and training 1947-1951 and 1982-1989; statements of accounts 1913-1922 and 1928-1952; papers relating to Lewis Scholarship prizes 1900-1941 (with gaps), other prizes 1982-1989 and Tom Seaman Scholarship applications and correspondence 1986; SWIE and Institute of Mining Engineers South-Western Branch guide to membership 1969; catalogues of publications c.1972 and library books 1940 and their disposal 1983-1986; papers relating to purchase of freehold 1922 and lease 1937-1938; building services 1965-1980; royal charter of incorporation, bye-laws and regulations 1881; miscellaneous administrative papers 1970-1983; papers relating to conversazioni at The National Museum of Wales 1930-1935 and 1945; photographs of members 1923 and building c.1920-1925 and c.1970; photographs of trip to Holland 1925; Brief Account of the Institute and re-use of building c.1983-1987

Administrative / Biographical History

The Institute was founded in 1857 'for the encouragement and advancement of Engineering Science and Practice' and incorporated by royal charter in 1881. Its offices in Park Place, Cardiff, were opened in 1894 and included a lecture theatre, library, refectory and lounges. The Institute published its own Proceedings. It was dissolved as a professional organisation in 2007, but a SWIE Educational Trust was established at the same time.


Chronological within record series.

Access Information

Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by South Wales Institute of Engineers and SWIE Educational Trust in 2003 and 2010

Other Finding Aids

Detailed list available.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Good to poor condition

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Richard Morgan for Glamorgan Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Appraisal Information

All records which meet the collection policy of the Glamorgan Archives have been retained.

Custodial History

The records remained in the custody of the depositor until transferred to Glamorgan Archives.


Accruals are not expected.