Grantham library gets materials and mining collections

20 Jul 2017

Another important bank of metals and materials documents was recently moved to join the mining and materials collections in the new library facility at the IOM3 Grantham Centre in the East Midlands. The collection, known as the National Materials and Mining Archive, dates back to 1869 and has historic archival links to the founding fathers of the Iron and Steel Institute. 

The National Materials and Mining Archive is a collection of materials and mining resources including books, journals, conference proceedings, reports, translations, maps and scientific papers by distinguished scientists.

The Grantham library holds thirteen collections, with contributions from Institute mergers, Dunlop Rubber Reports, Manns-Kaufman Library of the Plastics Historical Society, Peter Jost Tribology Collection, Paul McIntyre Corrosion Collection and a recent and large contribution from Tata Steel, Swinden Technology Centre Library in Rotherham. 

Bernie Rickinson, IOM3 Chief Executive, said, ‘Over the last few years the Institute has developed a substantial materials and mining archive, which will be of significant benefit for our community.

‘To grow this national resource, we are reaching out to members for their collections to be assimilated into the archive.’

The National Materials and Mining Archive was officially launched on Tuesday 18 July 2017. Collection contributors and IOM3 members were among the guests that attended the ceremony.

Commemorating the opening of the National Materials and Mining Archive, IOM3 President, Martin Cox, unveiled a plaque. This was followed by a tour of the facility and a series of presentations given by IOM3 staff on the Institute’s current and future knowledge activities.

To complement the archive, IOM3 is working with its publishing partners, Taylor and Francis, to create a unique digital collection of its materials and mining resources. 

The first look at the Tata Steel collection at the National Materials and Mining Archive
The first look at the National Materials and Mining Archive. 

Guests attend opening ceremony
Guests from Tata Steel, the Plastics Historical Society and the Historical Metallurgy Society attend the opening ceremony.  


Further information

The national collection is accessible by prior arrangement. Please contact the relevant IOM3 staff members listed below:

Hilda Kaune (materials)

T: 020 7451 7360  E:

Frances Perry (minerals and mining)

T: 020 7451 7324  E:

Anita Horton (site administrator)

T: 01476 513 866  E: