Institution of Mechanical Engineers Archive

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    • Archival and Other Holdings

      The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has an important archive whichcharts the history of the Institution and of mechanical engineering.Railway engineering, manufacturing, power plant development andautomobile development are particularly well represented.Personal papers of prominent mechanical engineers such as George andRobert Stephenson and Frederick Lanchester include a range of materialsfrom notebooks to blueprints. Company records include those of: D.Napier & Son Ltd (engine builders); Livesey Henderson & Co (railwaycontractors); Joseph Whitworth & Co (machine and measuring toolsmanufacturer); and Nasmyth Gaskell & Co (machine tool manufacturers).Our Institutional records date from our founding in 1847 and includeCouncil and Committee minutes and membership proposal forms. Archives ofmerged bodies, the Institution of Automobile Engineers and theInstitution of Locomotive Engineers, are also held. In addition we holdrecords of complementary organizations such as the Association ofRailway Locomotive Engineers.Models range from those by the Victorian model maker John Penn and Sonsto the modern model engineer Cherry Hill: as well as a fine model ofStephenson's Rocket, built by Dr J Bradbury-Winter. [Details of modelscan be found on the archive catalogue.]