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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 →

Sports Day at the Standard Telephones & Cables (STC)

By Aisling O'Malley, IET Archivist The UK summer conjures images of barbecues with family and friends, relaxing days on the beach, and the overzealous sunbather’s burnt skin. Yet, a UK summer is not complete without a sports day. The IET... Continue Reading →

Dollis Hill: The Life and Career of Tom Belcher

Guest Blog by Peter Belcher and Aisling O’Malley, IET Archivist Earlier this year, the IET Archives received a 'Handbook of Technical Information for Communications Engineers', issued to Post Office Engineering staff at Dollis Hill Research Station during the 1940s. This... Continue Reading →

Shining a light on William Edwards Staite

By Asha Gage, IET Archivist When two pieces of carbon are connected to a high voltage electricity supply, an arc of brilliant light is "struck" between them when they are a short distance apart. The first man to observe this... Continue Reading →

A H Midgley (1881-1961): A Brief Biography

By Aisling O'Malley, IET Archivist Albert Henry Midgley is best known for his work on organ building. During the 1920s, Midgley saw commercial success in an organ he developed for cinemas and theatres, and his 1931 electric organ. However, Midgley’s... 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 →

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