The Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive collection covers the history of the Corps, from its origins to the present day, and is available for researchers to view by appointment.

An Annual Research Pass which enables you to view selected items from the collection by appointment. See the Visiting The Library & Archive page for full details.

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

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.

  Journals
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.

  Photographs
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.

  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

Quick Guides
Guide: Researching Family History
Guide: Symbols, Songs and Saints of the Corps
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.

These researchers are not affiliated to the Royal Engineers Museum, and we cannot take any responsibility for any arrangements that you may make with them.