The Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive (REMLA) collection covers the history of the Corps, from its origins to the present day, and is available for researchers to view on an appointment only basis.
Please note: we DO NOT hold any personal service records. These are held at the National Archives for pre 1920s (0208 876 3444) or the Army Personnel Centre (0845 600 9663) for post 1920
Visiting the Library and Archive
The Library is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (9:30-16:00 closed between 1-2) and we ask for two weeks notice for all appointments. For more information on how to book an appointment please see Visiting the Library & Archive.
Access to the Library and Archive will be severely limited from 1st December 2017 to the end of 2018 due to building maintenance works. Please contact us for more information.
If you are unable to visit yourself
If you are unable to visit the library yourself, then you may wish to hire a professional researcher to undertake the work on your behalf. Disclaimer: these researchers are in no way affiliated to REMLA, and the organisation can take no responsibility for any arrangements that you may make with them.
What resources are there?Documents
Including manuscripts, diaries, letters, as well as archives relating to many different periods and conflicts. Often the most helpful resource for researchers is our collection of War Diaries. A full list of the First and Second World War Diaries can be found here:
The Corps Histories
Several key works on the Corps’ History have been digitised by the Royal Engineers Institution. Please see their website for more information and to purchase copies.
We have a complete run of the Royal Engineers Journal, the Sapper Magazine and the Professional Papers of the Royal Engineers. We also hold many other journals relating to military engineering.
The Corps were heavily involved in early photography, and the collections cover the work of the Corps, from official photographs taken in the field by photographers such as Fenton in the Crimea to current operations, and personal photograph albums of Sappers posted around the world.
Plans and technical drawings
These range from many eras and conflicts and some can even be regarded as works of art in themselves; arguably the most important of these is the actual map used by Wellington during the Battle of Waterloo.
Quick GuidesGuide: Researching Family History
Guide: Symbols, Songs and Saints of the Corps