The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), founded in 1818, served (and still serves) as a research center, a London club, and a professional society for British engineers around the world. Since its foundation almost 200 years ago, it has attracted some of the most famous and influential civil engineers in history. Read more at ICE’s webpage and at The Victorian Web.
The aims of the Institution of Civil Engineers, as stated in the 1828 Royal Charter, were: ‘The general advancement of mechanical science, and more particularly for promoting the acquisition of that species of knowledge which constitutes the profession of a civil engineer; being the art of directing the great sources of power in nature for the use and convenience of man, as the means of production and of traffic in states, both for external and internal trade, as applied in the construction of roads, bridges, aqueducts, canals, river navigation, and docks, for internal intercourse and exchange; and in the construction of ports, harbours, moles, breakwaters, and light-houses, and in the art of navigation by artificial power, for the purposes of commerce; and in the construction and adaptation of machinery, and in the drainage of cities and towns.’
Institution of Civil Engineers building in London (1938) by Sir Henry Rushbury. Source: Pinterest