Institution of Mechanical Engineers Archive

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  • Access Information
      The Archive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is currently closed to physical visitors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please get in touch with us via or 020 7973 1265 with any enquiries. Some archive material can be viewed online via our catalogue here, or via our Virtual Archive at Thank you for your understanding at this time.
  • Archival and Other Holdings

    The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has an important archive which

    charts the history of the Institution and of mechanical engineering.

    Railway engineering, manufacturing, power plant development and

    automobile development are particularly well represented.

    Personal papers of prominent mechanical engineers such as George and

    Robert Stephenson and Frederick Lanchester include a range of materials

    from notebooks to blueprints. Company records include those of: D.

    Napier & Son Ltd (engine builders); Livesey Henderson & Co (railway

    contractors); Joseph Whitworth & Co (machine and measuring tools

    manufacturer); and Nasmyth Gaskell & Co (machine tool manufacturers).

    Our Institutional records date from our founding in 1847 and include

    Council and Committee minutes and membership proposal forms. Archives of

    merged bodies, the Institution of Automobile Engineers and the

    Institution of Locomotive Engineers, are also held. In addition we hold

    records of complementary organizations such as the Association of

    Railway Locomotive Engineers.

    Models range from those by the Victorian model maker John Penn and Sons

    to the modern model engineer Cherry Hill: as well as a fine model of

    Stephenson's Rocket, built by Dr J Bradbury-Winter. [Details of models

    can be found on the archive catalogue.]