The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) was founded in 1818 and is the oldest engineering institution of its kind. The ICE archive contains a wide range of records relating to their past members and the history of civil engineering generally, both in the UK and worldwide.
Records on our site include Application forms (Candidate’s Circulars) which were submitted by members at the time of election and give a date of birth (from 1880’s onwards) and details of education and engineering experience.
Cabinet and carte de visite photographs - these were mainly taken in the 1880s and the date on the photograph refers to the member’s election date rather than the date the photograph was taken.
Collections from Institution of Civil Engineers on the Ancestry site include certificates of admission, proposals to admit new members, certificates conferring a status change (i.e., from associate member to member), training certificates, correspondence relating to applicants or members, and similar documents. Engineering records from the late 19th century document a particularly important era in UK history. Records like these can tie into occupations in the census, railway records, and trade union records, as well as revealing biographical details and work patterns over time.
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