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Non-IAgrE Archive Materials

Silsoe Research Institute - SRI (formerly the National Institute of agricultural Engineering - NIAE)

  1. "Agricultural Engineering” - The Wrest Park Story 1924-2006
    This book details the history of the work of the National Institute of Agricultural Engineering, which later became Silsoe Research Institute.  The first two chapters describe the origins of the Institute in Oxford in 1924 and its progress to Wrest Park in 1947-8 via Askham Bryan in Yorkshire during the war years.  The remaining 12 chapters describe the agricultural engineering work undertaken, together with highlights and personal anecdotes from former staff.  The price is £10 per book plus postage and packing (per book) as follows: UK:£5, EU:£8, ROW:£10.   Copies are still available directly from the IAgrE Secretariat or via the IAgrE Shop
  2. NIAE Test Reports
    Following the closure of SRI, two sets of NIAE test reports became available, one set is with Harper Adams University (HAU), the other with the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL).  
  3. SRI Divisional Notes
    IAgrE has a full set of Silsoe Research Institute Departmental and Divisional Notes spanning the years 1952 - 2003. These are stored at the offices in Cranfield and copies of up to 5 papers are available FOC to members.  There will be a charge of £30 per paper for non-members. Please order from the IAgrE Shop and contact Sarah with the details of the papers you require.  The details are available here on these searchable PDFs  - Departmental Notes (1952- 1989)    Divisional Notes (1968 - 2003)

Labour Construction Unit - Technical Manual
This is a useful manual for all those involved in the maintenance of rural roads where labour is abundant and machinery scarce. Written by Peter Guthrie OBE (then of Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick and Partners, now Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development at cambridge University) this manual has been archived as part of the WOSSAC collection at Cranfield University where it is available as a download

Irrigation Systems Management textbook published by the ASABE - is free to download - access the PDF here.

The Mechanics of Tractor - Implement Performance (by Ross H Macmillan)
A textbook for students and engineers with theory and worked examples.  Available as 7 downloads:

ADAS Occasional Notes on Mechanisation - Index
These are now available in hard copy at IAgrE offices.

FAO Agricultural Services Bulletins
Bulletin 88 Agricultural engineering in development  - Basic blacksmithing: a training manual by  J. B.Stokes                                                                 

Bulletin 93 Agricultural engineering in development​ - Post Harvest operations and management of food grains by M de Lucia and D Assennato  

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