This is the second collaboration of these institutions and follows a similar exhibition which looked at engineering in World War One. The exhibition highlights the stories and achievements of engineers and engineering firms during and after the Second World War.
The archives contain material both created by the Institutions and their predecessors and by engineering firms and individual engineers who were members of the institutions. It uses archive documents and photographs to trace engineering developments including the Napier Sabre engine used in Hawker Tempest fighter planes, civil engineering options for air raid shelters and the importance of maintaining a reliable electricity supply for domestic and industrial use.
“The Second World War changed the engineering profession and established the importance of engineering in rebuilding post-war society. This exhibition offers an insight into the everyday lives of individual members, whether they were on active service prisoners of war, working on the home front or advising on national projects,” said Anne Locker, Library and Archives Manager at the IET.
The exhibition reveals some of the individual stories of engineers involved in the War. Material from personal collections sheds new light on how intelligence on German engineering advances was gathered shortly after the end of the War and gives an account of the experiences of those engineers who became Prisoners of War.
Visit engineersatwar.imeche.org to explore both the First World War and Second World War exhibitions.