The Iron and Steel Institute was an English association organized by the iron trade of the north of England. Its object was the discussion of practical and scientific questions connected with the manufacture of iron and steel.
The first meeting of the Institute took place in London, February 25, 1869. There were two general meetings each year, one in May, in London, and one in autumn in other cities, not always in Great Britain, for the Institute has met in Paris, Vienna, Brussels, Düsseldorf and New York. Beginning in 1874 it annually presented the Bessemer Gold Medal, for some invention or notable paper.
The Institute published the semi-annual Journal of the Iron and Steel Institute, containing original papers and abstracts from other publications.
In 1974, the Iron and Steel Institute merged into the Institute of Metals. The Institute of Metals then merged in 1993 with the Institute of Ceramics and the Plastics and Rubber Institute to form the Institute of Materials (IoM). The IoM and the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy merged in June 2002, becoming the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Presidents of the Institute were: