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35 years of construction in photos

Readers will have noticed the new-look NCE and no doubt made the editor, Antony Oliver, aware of their views on this.
Less well known is the relocation of the NCE offices to Camden. This has had an unexpected benefit for the ICE archives, which have been the grateful recipients of the NCE photographic collection.

Documenting civil engineering achievements over the past 35-years, the archive includes the work of award-winning photographers like Grant Smith.

The photographs are, of course, international in coverage, and depict the mundane alongside the magnificent, as well as the occasional disaster and tragic accident.

Receipt of the collection coincides with a new phase in library digitisation with new software about to be specified to handle the Library's digital collections. I anticipate cataloguing the collection will take two years, but within six months I hope there will be sufficient digital content available to give an accurate impression of the ICE's pictorial archive.

The NCE archive is not the only recent acquisition. Earlier this year, the ICE was presented with the archive of Owen Williams' work on concrete ships. This complements the material presented some time ago by Mouchel Parkman . Together with the archive we hold on the Ritchie reinforcement system ICE now has a comprehensive record of this unusual application of reinforced concrete.

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