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Engineering Heritage Awards

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.

Tour our awards by region, or take our 'Top 20' tour


Mallard Engine York EHA 82 Cruachan Power Station Dalmally EHA 81 Lacey Green Windmill EHA 86 Crossness Sewage Treatment Works EHA 48 Titan Crane Queens Quays EHA 74 Holland 1 Submarine Gosport EHA 63 Kempton Pumping Station EHA 54 Lion Locomotive Liverpool EHA 80 Papplewick Pumping Station Ravenshead EHA 90 Short SC1 Bombardier Holywood EHA 76 SR.N5 Hovercraft Gosport EHA 87 Talyllyn Railway Tywyn EHA 67 Volks Electric Railway Brighton EHA 85 Vulcan Bomber Doncaster EHA 66 Eling Tide Mill EHA 8 Claymills Pumping Station Burton-on-Trent EHA 58 APT-E (tilting train prototype) Cockpit Shildon EHA 84 Bluebell Railway Sheffield Park EHA 57 Bursledon Brickworks Fareham EHA 62 Little Willie Bovington EHA 89


Granted Awards

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.

Engineering Heritage Awards Handbook

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.

Application Pack

Editable Application Form

If the editable form does not display correctly, please click the 'Open with Different Viewer' tab (top right) and select 'Open with': Adobe Reader (select from drop down list if it isn't the first option displayed).

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