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.

The REMLA archive does 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.

The Library is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (9:30-16:30 closed between 1-2) and we ask for two weeks notice for all appointments.

The museum holds a collection of Unit War Diaires.

A full list of the First and Second World War Diaries can be found here:

To book an appoinment please use our contact form

Help with Research

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.

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

REMLA is currently undertaking a series of major development projects aimed at making our collection more accessible to researchers. The small curatorial team is therefore extremely busy and it may take up to 8 weeks for a response.

Researching Family History?

Download a copy of our research guide for family historians.

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