The refurbished library and archive in the Alan Wells building at TWI on Granta Park was officially re-opened in June by Michael Marshall of Marshall of Cambridge Aerospace Ltd.
A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund made this refurbishment possible.
The library houses a unique archive of material on the history and practice of the joining of engineering materials. The Fund's managers recognised the importance of this archive and have made it possible for the material to be re-housed in purpose-built storage. This will enable much easier public access by local historical groups, schools and colleges and will enhance the link between TWI and the local community.
The Library's stock comprises approximately 100 000 items, with the earliest holdings dating back to the beginning of the 1900s. This figure includes books, reports, conference proceedings, pamphlets, reprints, reference works and individual journal issues. It also has thousands of current and superseded standards, a unique collection of company literature for materials and welding equipment and consumables, and audiovisual material. Thanks again to the Lottery grant, much of the material still on an obsolete manual card system will be re-catalogued electronically over the next couple of years.