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Our Library, Archive and Members' Hub is closed due to the latest COVID-19 restrictions, although we are making plans to welcome you back soon.
From 29th March we will be offering a limited postal loan and article scanning service and items can be posted back to us.
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Explore the history of mechanical engineering and gain access to papers, membership records, images, design drawings, the Virtual Archive and more.
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Search our database of items using either key words and subjects, or personal, company and organisation names.
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Discover stories of how engineering skills helped support efforts during the First World War.
Learn what led to our inception in Birmingham and find out about some of our inspirational members.
Delve into our history
Read historical engineering articles based on our collections, as well as notices and pieces by guest bloggers.
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Contact the Archive services team if you have any questions about our Archive or artefacts.
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