From hovercraft to sewage works, from railway lines to bombers mechanical engineering plays a vital role. The Engineering Heritage Awards celebrate and promote this by recognising artefacts, locations, collections and landmarks of significant mechanical engineering importance. Established in 1984 by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, they increase public awareness of engineering, past and present.
Many Award sites/items were previously recognised under the Engineering Heritage Hallmark Scheme (the previous name of the Awards, they also had a different application process).
The Third Edition of the Handbook (2012) describes why the site/item was recognised and explains the significance of it to the development of engineering. Email us for a hardcopy.
How to apply
Since 2007 the Heritage Committee has managed the Awards. Its first task was to simplify the application process, making it more transparent and with a quicker decision-making process in order to relaunch and reinvigorate the Awards. The criteria was changed with the Institution's own library and information service now involved in the verification of details being submitted. The Award plaque was also redesigned, helping to increase the value of the Award to the recipient by giving them a recognisable and usable object.
The first step is to complete read the information in the Application Pack and then submit an application form, the Committee will then process this.