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Telstar 1962/1963

The above photograph can be found in our collection of Evershed & Vignoles Ltd (E&V) photographs and is one of six images under the title, “television components associated with Telstar”. Telstar is the name given to several communications satellites the... Continue Reading →

Westminster Abbey – King George V Coronation Electric Lighting, 1911

With the impending wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May 2018 at Windsor Castle, we thought it would be an appropriate time to revisit one of the more unusual items in the IET Archive collections relating to... Continue Reading →

The Awards and Medals of H. Peter Jost – A New Acquisition!

Professor H. Peter Jost CBE (1921-2016) was the 1977 President of one of the IET’s predecessors, the Institution of Production Engineers (IProdE), and he was made an Honorary Fellow of the IProdE in 1980. He was closely associated with the... Continue Reading →

Clifford Rees Webb and the Shanghai Power Company, China, in the 1930s

The above photograph shows the offices and switch house of the Shanghai Power Company, and is one of many photographs showing the company’s power station, company facilities, the Shanghai area, and electricity infrastructure in the surrounding area that can be... Continue Reading →

Circlorama Cinema Films, 1962-1965

The above image shows a Circlorama camera rig being fitted to the specially erected staging on a conflate wagon. This photograph was taken prior to a ‘special run’ being made by a train between Waterloo and Wimbledon in order to... Continue Reading →

Standard Telephones & Cables (STC) Factory at New Southgate

STC, the British telephone, telegraph, radio, telecommunications, and related equipment manufacturer started out life in London in 1883 as International Western Electric (the UK arm of the US company Western Electric). It only became known as STC in 1925 after... Continue Reading →

John I Thornycroft & Vosper Thornycroft Shipbuilding Photographs

The image above, taken in 1952, shows the then newly built ship HMS Duchess, a Daring-class destroyer that served in the Royal Navy from 1952 to 1964, and in the Royal Australian Navy from 1964 to 1980 at which point... Continue Reading →

The Burning Mirror of Archimedes

Amongst our S P Thompson collection of pamphlets there is a volume of pamphlets titled ‘Burning Mirror of Archimedes’, which amongst other things contains several early pamphlets on the subject. One such example is the 1732 pamphlet illustrated above, written... Continue Reading →

The Early Days of the IET in China and Hong Kong 1914 to 1950

The photograph above, taken in August this year, shows the current IET team in its China representative office, located in Beijing. The office which opened in 2005 has since October 2006 been based within the China Merchants Tower, one of... Continue Reading →

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