Announcing the launch of our new and improved archive catalogue, archive cat. Archive cat provides a gateway to 1000’s of records charting the history of the Institution and of mechanical engineering; the archive is open to all. Railway engineering, manufacturing, power plant development and automobile development are particularly well represented through personal and company papers. 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. Our Institutional records date from our founding in 1847; they 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 organisations. Models and artifacts compliment the archival collections.
All of our catalogued collections are available to search through the catalogue, increasingly you will also be able to view digitised drawings and photographs on the catalogue. All of our publicly available images will still be on our Picture Gallery too. Remember, our online/low resolution images are free to use for academic/research purposes.
You can now do a quick search for a name etc, such as ‘stephenson’ or you can do an advanced search. Another innovation, is that you can see the record you are looking at and also other records and names (people and organisations) that it is associated with for example, say you are looking at one of George Stephenson’s letter books you will also be able to see all other items we have related to him. Thereby making searching much easier and more dynamic.
A new help section will aid your searching. If you wish to come see an item(s) then make a note of the Ref No’s and let us know when you would like to come.