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Electric Illumination Exhibition at the Science Museum, 1936

The above image shows the cover of a booklet titled, 'Electric illumination: an account of the principles, applications and development of electric lighting', written by W T O'Dea BSc AMIEE for the Board of Education and the Science Museum in... Continue Reading →

Farms and Rural Electrification

The IET Archives recently received a donation of reports and papers related to the work of the Electrical Research Association (ERA) at its Rural Electrification Section in the 1950s and 1960s. The photograph above from this collection shows a member... Continue Reading →

The Bachelor Girls’ Exhibition, London, 1930

In November 1930 an exhibition took place in the New Horticultural Hall, Westminster, London that was titled, ‘The Bachelor Girls Exhibition’. According to Fiona Anne Seaton Hackney’s 2010 thesis on ‘Feminine modernity and the feminine imagination in women’s magazines 1919-1939’,... Continue Reading →

Marconi and the Lizard Wireless Station

During a recent walk along the coast path in Cornwall I came across the Lizard Wireless Station, now owned by The National Trust, located on the cliffs above Housel Bay. Not only is this one of the oldest surviving wireless... Continue Reading →

The Papers of the Electrical Measuring Instrument Specialist, George F Shotter

The IET Archives recently received a donation of the technical and work papers of George F Shotter FIEE (1886-1971), who was an electrical measuring instrumentation specialist. The above photograph shows George in the mid 1920’s when he was the first... Continue Reading →

Islington Power Station – Shift Engineers’ Memo Book 1907-1921

We have just received a donation of a ‘shift engineer’s memo book’, originally used in the Islington Power Station at Eden Grove in the early 1900s. This wonderful donation has been made by RWE Generation UK plc and was handed... Continue Reading →

Women in Engineering Wikithon

(Civil engineer Elizabeth Mount at work on the Barbican redevelopment, 1969) The IET is teaming up with the Wellcome Library to host a ‘women in engineering Wikithon’ on 15 June at the Wellcome Library. This event aims to celebrate women engineers... Continue Reading →

Lilian Baylis – Theatre Material in the IET Archives

Whilst undertaking some research amongst the many folders in the archives of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) we came across an unusual file in a series of conference correspondence that was titled, ‘theatre – Miss L Baylis’. What we found... Continue Reading →

Godfrey Hector Wire – Electrical Engineering in Glasgow in the 1930s/1940s

The image above shows Godfrey Hector Wire in 1930. Godfrey was an electrical engineer who spent most of his working career in Glasgow and was a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE). We have just received a donation... Continue Reading →

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