Frederick William Lanchester Collection

Scope and Content

Lanchester compiled and retained the materials within the collection, which divide into professional (Lanchester Engine Company/Lanchester Motor Company) charts, notebooks and drawings and personal papers, mainly lecture papers many on the internal combustion engine, either given by Lanchester or collected by him. The Collection includes hundreds of engineering drawings, component photographs and his notebook. All the items relate to the company's early work. The Company was also known as Lanchester Engine Company and Lanchester Brothers during the 1890s.

Company papers mainly consist of drawings: A; E; D; and gear cutting. The drawings, managers notebook and papers by Lanchester have been digitised - digitised materials.

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Administrative / Biographical History

Frederick William Lanchester, was an polymath and engineer who made important contributions to Automotive engineering and to Aerodynamics, and co-invented the topic of operations research.

Lanchester became a pioneer British motor-car builder, a hobby which resulted in his developing a successful car company, Lanchester Motor Company.


Arranged into business (LAN/1) and personal papers (LAN/2).

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Karyn French, Archivist, Mar 2018.