Heavy Metal

Road MarshallThe Heavy Metal Project has been funded by a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Partners of the project are Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and the Road Locomotive Society. The project began in April 2007 and is due to be completed in July 2008.

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The project's aim is to create access to the archives of steam and agricultural machinery manufacturers held at MERL and by the Road Locomotive Society. The project will catalogue Wallis and Steevens, International Harvester and Massey Ferguson archives held at MERL.

A conservation survey has been undertaken of Charles Burrell and Sons engineering drawings, volunteers have catalogued the Charles Burrell engineering drawings.

The Wallis and Steevens glass negatives, owned by the Road Locomotive Society, have been catalogued, preserved and digitised.

The archive catalogues are available on the Access to Archives website and through the MERL archives.

The project also visited  steam fairs and country shows to inform the public of the archives, which are available.

Workshops were held at MERL to introduce the new audience to the sources available.

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