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The Dynasphere

By Aisling O’Malley, IET Archivist The Dynasphere was created by engineer Dr John Archibald Purves who reportedly claimed it was the ‘high speed vehicle of the future’. Indeed, many publications at the time were open to the idea that this... Continue Reading →

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What kind of people create an industry?

Dr Tom Abram, Director , Archives of IT I wrote here last year about Archives of IT https://archivesit.org.uk and our project to gather oral history from the people of the IT and Telecommunications industries. A year on, here is some... Continue Reading →

Electricity Without Tears: How the EAW taught children about electricity

By Aisling O'Malley, IET Archivist In November 1924, the Women’s Electrical Association was formed at a meeting organised by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES). By 1925 the organisation, whose director at this time was WES Secretary Dame Caroline Haslett, was... Continue Reading →

The driving force: the story of The Electrical Power Storage Company

By Asha Gage, IET Archivist In 1882 The Electrical Power Storage Company (EPS) was established at 4 Great Winchester Street, London with a factory works at 84 West Ferry Road, Millwall. It manufactured the Swan-Sellon-Volckmar accumulator, and it could be... Continue Reading →

IET’s historical link with Alice Springs and the Overland Telegraph Line

Guest author, Stephen Gillam-Smith BSc CEng MIET (Great-Grandson of Charles and Alice Todd) Alice Springs was named after the wife of Charles Todd who, in 1873, was elected a Member of the Society of Telegraph Engineers, the predecessor of today’s... Continue Reading →

Hire purchases, milk puddings and difficult friends

By Anne Locker This is the third blog in a series on the Caroline Haslett correspondence project, looking at the ‘D’ section of the correspondence. For earlier blog posts, see here and here. As Director of the Electrical Association for... Continue Reading →

The EAW’s War on Waste

By Aisling O'Malley, IET Archivist The Second World War saw the UK experience shortages in most commodities. From 1939 rationing of items was introduced to the UK, initially this affected goods such as petrol but later affected food and clothes.... Continue Reading →

IEE President: Sir Leonard Drucquer (1902-1975)

By Aisling O'Malley, IET Archivist The IET Archives have received a new acquisition: an album documenting Sir Leonard Drucquer’s Presidency of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), one of the two institutions that formed the IET in 2006. The album... Continue Reading →

Discover Learn Share: The Archives of Information Technology (AIT)

Guest Blog by Dr Tom Abram, Director – AIT AIT is an online digital database of oral history and documents from the UK IT and Telecommunications (Tech) industry. We are a charity, free to access, and aim to inspire, inform,... Continue Reading →

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