Institution of Mechanical Engineers Archive

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    • 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.]