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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 ancient 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 →

Ellen Wilkinson (1891-1947)

By Daniel Simkin, IET Research Librarian. On 1 May Labour Day, or International Workers' Day, is celebrated annually throughout the world and is a public holiday in many countries. It celebrates the achievements of workers in winning rights such as... Continue Reading →

De iride, or the rainbow

  The physicist and bibliophile Silvanus P Thompson is better known for his work on electric motors and the early history of electromagnetism. His library, now held at the IET, shows his interest in all areas of physics, especially optics... Continue Reading →

Rare book: John Evans’s The Universal Medicine or the Virtues of my Magneticall or Antimoniall Cup

By Daniel Simkin, IET Research Librarian The image above is the frontispiece of The Universal Medicine or the Virtues of my Magneticall or Antimoniall Cup, and depicts the author, John Evans, a 17th century Welsh astrologer. First published in 1634,... Continue Reading →

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