Explore our archive and artefacts

Explore and uncover the stories held within our archive collections.

Our 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.

Find out more about our Collections; a selection of our most significant documents and artefacts have been digitised and are available to everyone via our Virtual Archive. Start your research by searching our Catalogue to discover a wealth of engineering knowledge.

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Visit our Archive Catalogue

Use our Archive Catalogue to browse items that can be studied at One Birdcage Walk.


Visit our Virtual Archive

Use our Virtual Archive to browse digitised drawings, notebooks, artefacts and more online.