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Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratory

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at East Kilbride

1948 The Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratory (MERL) was established at Thorntonhall, near East Kilbride, Glasgow, Scotland. The new laboratory focussed on mechanical engineering research, complementing the work of the CEGB's laboratories in electrical engineering.

The name was changed to the National Engineering Laboratory (NEL); it was moved to a large, purpose-built site in East Kilbride itself. It was part of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

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