The collection will help future generations understand Lincoln's engineering legacy (credit Ruston Overseas News)

Engineering archive saved for posterity

A vast archive spanning 150 years of Lincolnshire’s engineering history has been preserved for future generations.

The project to secure, catalogue and display the Ruston Hornsby (Siemens) Archive is being led jointly by heritage specialists and enthusiasts from Siemens, Lincolnshire County Council and the University of Lincoln.

The material, some of which is nationally significant, had been stored in a warehouse at a Siemens site in central Lincoln.

Most has now been transferred into the repositories of Lincolnshire Archives.

Film materials are now at the Media Archive for Central England at the University of Lincoln.

The collection includes documents dating back to the formation of Ruston, Proctor and Company in 1857 and details the company’s evolution through various incarnations.

Frank Carchedi of Siemens was instrumental in the project.

He explained: “The documents, plans, photographs and films are not just important in understanding the legacy of engineering in Lincolnshire, but they also provide an incredibly detailed account of how the industrial revolution in Britain was experienced by the people at its centre.”

Selected items will be digitised and made available for researchers, but the immediate need is to catalogue the archive.

Lincolnshire Archives is looking for volunteers, especially retired engineers whose memories will be invaluable.

Further information:

Anyone interested should contact Dr Mike Rogers on 01522 552029 or at mike.rogers@lincolnshire.gov.uk

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