PEOPLE - To identify, record and understand more about the lives and times of the Engineers and their Firms who founded the industry during the industrial revolution and developed it during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

PUBLICATIONS - To record and /or archive a selection of relevant written material such as books, catalogues, magazines, newspaper articles of the day, drawings, photographs, illustrations, pictures and paintings, for future generations to be able to read and enjoy.

PRODUCTS - To ensure wherever possible that important examples of plant, machinery, equipment and other components are preserved in appropriate Museums and also to make a photographic record and /or archive details of other items of equipment before they are removed and destroyed.

PATENTS - To identify and record the names of the people and their inventions or ideas who were the first persons to establish the principles upon which our industry was founded.

PROPERTIES - To create a photographic database inventory of buildings that have a distinguished history, where the building engineering services used a new innovative design concept or where a new item of plant or equipment was first installed.

Other aims of the group include researching how Engineers and Firms operated in this formative time period by understanding:-

  • How the role of the Engineer influenced all stages of a building designed and constructed in that period.
  • How the emerging industry grew and carried on its business.
  • How materials were ordered, obtained and delivered.
  • How tendering and estimating was achieved.
  • How tendering and estimating was created.

To increase the awareness of all Engineers to this period in our industry's history from its beginnings in the 1700's, through the 1800's and into the early 1900's.

To ensure that before further original plant and /or equipment is removed, replaced and eventually destroyed it can be photographed and /or video recorded for future generations to view and enjoy.

To preserve our country's industrial heritage, by arranging wherever possible for the conservation and preservation of important historical items of plant, equipment or systems.

To visit buildings and centres of special historical interest.

To widen peoples interest and understanding of our industry's historical past by providing technical papers and talks.