The Institution of Mechanical Engineers archive charts the history of the Institution and of mechanical engineering and is open to all. Railway engineering, manufacturing, power plant development and automobile development are particularly well represented through personal and company papers. Collections can be visited by appointment, Monday to Friday.
Search our catalogue now
Personal papers of prominent mechanical engineers include those of George and Robert Stephenson. Drawing collections range from technical plans to illustrations. Company records span from the earliest steam railway companies to D. Napier & Son (engine builders). Our Institutional records date from our founding in 1847 and include Council and Committee minutes and membership proposal forms. Archives of merged bodies, the Institutions of Automobile and Locomotive Engineers, are also held: as are those of complimentary organizations. Models and items (such as George Stephenson's watch) compliment the archival collections. To enquire about our collections please contact us.
Images from the collection can be viewed on the Picture Gallery.