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History of the Institution of Municipal Engineers

Municipal engineers

Public health legislation leading to the Public Health Act of 1875 required boroughs to appoint engineers to look after surveying, water supply, sanitation, refuse collection and disposal, and street cleansing.

1871. Formation of a society for municipal engineers first mooted. Surveyor for West Ham, Lewis Angell, realised that local surveyors needed to protect themselves to ensure they could work 'according to principle and not policy'.

1873. Formation of IME with Angell as first president.

1874. First IME annual conference in Birmingham attended by the mayor, Alderman Joseph Chamberlain.

1886. IME Testamur exam established.

1888. Membership extended to civil engineers and surveyors after county councils are established by law.

1913. Journal of the Institution of Municipal and County Engineers established.

1922. Admission to corporate membership made by exam only, except for those with a university degree or ICE members.

1948. The IME's Testamur becomes the only method of membership.

1962. New IME accredited diplomas established in traffic engineering and town planning.

1967. Total membership - 9,175.

1984. IME gives up charter to merge with ICE, after vote by both institutions. The Association of Muncipal Engineers retains its own constitution within the ICE.

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