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Magnetic Storms by A.G. McNish

By Aisling O'Malley, IET Archivist On Sunday 24th March 1940, a magnetic storm impacted the power and communication systems across North America. Reports from the time noted cases of voltage dips, the tripping of transformer banks, and severe and reactive... Continue Reading →

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Rare Book: Pierre Gassendi’s Institutio Astronomica

By Daniel Simkin, IET Research Librarian The image above is of Jupiter’s moons observed by Galileo and included in the second edition of the rare book Institutio Astronomica by Pierre Gassendi, published in 1647. The edition held by the IET... Continue Reading →

The electrifying life of Caroline Haslett

EAW poster on electrical safety (NAEST 093/11/10)

Electric Dreams – a design for modern living

The Electrical Association for Women (EAW) was formed in 1924 adopting the slogan ‘Emancipation from drudgery’ with the aims of encouraging women to be consumers of electricity and to educate them to be more knowledgeable about electrical apparatus. They were... Continue Reading →

Documents, Digitisation and Data: A look at digitising the Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s Ship Plan and Survey Report Collection

Guest blog author: Michael Launchbury, Digital Archivist, Lloyd's Register Foundation. Since 2016, the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Heritage & Education Centre has embarked on an extensive digitisation project to conserve, catalogue and digitise its historic Ship Plan and Survey Report Collection.... Continue Reading →

Gilbert of Colchester

By Anne LockerAnniversaries are an opportunity to bring people, organisations and places together. In 1903, the Institution of Electrical Engineers (now the IET) celebrated the tercentenary of the death of William Gilbert (also known as William Gilberd) by presenting a... Continue Reading →

The DipEE Qualification

Guest blog by Peter M Hills  DipEE MSc CEng MIET Contact: petermhills@hotmail.com Throughout academia and industry there are many hundreds, maybe thousands, of engineers having the DipEE qualification. What is it and how was it achieved? DipEE is an long-standing but... Continue Reading →

Rare Book: Erasmus Darwin’s The Botanic Garden

By Daniel Simkin, IET Research Librarian The image above is from The Botanic Garden, a collection of two poems, The Economy of Vegetation and The Loves of Plants, written by Erasmus Darwin and first published in 1791 by Joseph Johnson... Continue Reading →

How the IET Library & Archives are using technology to keep calm and carry on!

Working from home is not a new concept, employees have had to juggle a plethora of other duties alongside their work. What is different this time is working through a global pandemic which has brought to light many new challenges.... Continue Reading →

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