Through our collections of engineering drawings, photographs, personal papers, artefacts, institutional and company records the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) archive charts the history of the Institution and of mechanical engineering. The main strengths of the collection are in railway engineering, manufacturing, power plant development and the automobile.


Descriptions for the majority of our holdings can be found on the catalogue, many are detailed to file/item level.


Personal Papers
Papers of prominent mechanical engineers include a range of materials from notebooks to letters to blueprints. From Sir Christopher Hinton, to Frederick Lanchester to George and Robert Stephenson our holdings cover the main aspects of the profession. The collections also include beautiful examples of technical and artistic drawings/artworks, such as works by Frederick Gordon Crosby (1885-1943) the greatest motoring artist of the classic car era and technical drawings by David Joy.


Business Papers
Records include those of: D. Napier & Son (engine builders); Livesey Henderson & Co (railway contractors); Joseph Whitworth & Co (machine and measuring tool manufacturers); and Nasmyth Gaskell & Co (machine tool manufacturers).


Institutional Records
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. In addition we hold records of complementary organizations such as the Association of Railway Locomotive Engineers, as well as company records.


Membership Records, 1847-1930, can be searched online via Ancestry, IMechE Members can view them for free.


Council Minute Books, 1847-1982 are also available online.


Museum Collection
The collection includes varied items, from a signed wind-up radio from inventor Trevor Baylis OBE to George Stephenson's watch. The model collection ranges from Victorian models to those by the prize winning model engineer Cherry Hill. A 3D Gallery of some of our main models can be viewed online.


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