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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 →

London Ladies Motorcycle Club (founded in 1927)

The London Ladies Motorcycle Club, or more accurately the London Ladies Motor Club (LLMC), was formed in 1927 and was affiliated to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) South East Centre. The ACU is the governing body of motorcycle sport in Great... Continue Reading →

EAW Mobile Welfare Canteens of WWII

The photograph above shows an electric mobile canteen and it appeared in the Electrical Association for Women (EAW) publication, Handbook on the Organisation of Mobile Welfare Canteens, compiled by Mrs William Paterson, and published in June 1940. Mrs Paterson was... Continue Reading →

Abbé Jean-Antoine Nollet (1700-1770) vs Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Jean-Antoine Nollet was a French clergyman (known as Abbé Nollet) and a physicist. He was particularly interested in the ‘new science of electricity’, which he explored with the help of Du Fey and Reaumur. He joined the Royal Society of... Continue Reading →

The Suffragette Newspaper

Suffragettes were members of women’s organisations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries which advocated the extension to women of the right to vote in public elections. The term suffragette is particularly applied to militant women in the UK... Continue Reading →

IEE Student Summer Tour to Germany, 1934

The IET Archives has just completed the digitization of a photograph album that records the summer visit of a group of 27 Institution of Electrical Engineer (IEE) student members to Germany. This was a visit led by F J Tompsett... Continue Reading →

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