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Electrical Engineering

Insight into the East Midlands Electricity Board (EMEB)

  We recently received a number of photographs and slides from the family of Roy Briggs, who was a member of the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE), and subsequently the IET, until his death in 2017. These images, likely taken... 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 →

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 →

EMESCO – the history of an electrical & radio engineering business

George Edward Mortley (1880-1974), an engineer, inventor and musician, owned his own company, G E Mortley and Co in the early part of the 20th century. When Walter Sprague was brought into the business in 1921, the company became G... Continue Reading →

The Remarkable William Kingsland (1855-1936)

The IET Archives has recently digitised part of its William Kingsland collection (reference SC MSS 24). The collection comprises 74 items, mostly untitled, including technical drawings, photographs and prints of Kingsland's inventions mostly relating to electric traction. The image above... Continue Reading →

Commemoration of the Society of Polish Electrical Engineers

The IET Archives holds many commemorative plaques and boards that were on display in Savoy Place at various times, the IET’s home since 1909. One of these items is a wooden board with the logos of both the Institution of... Continue Reading →

The Schaanning Family – A Family of Norwegian Electrical Engineers

The IET Archives has very recently received a donation of a technical notebook that was used between 1918 and 1948 and belonged to Norwegian electrical engineer called Alf Schaanning. This alphabetical notebook has a ring-binder format allowing for pages to... Continue Reading →

Early Integrated Circuits – Plessey Semiconductor Publications

The IET Archives has recently completed the cataloguing of a collection of papers relating to Plessey Semiconductors and its integrated circuit products from the late 1960s and early 1970s. The collection of primarily published material such as data sheets, technical... Continue Reading →

Early ICI Billingham Electrical Engineering Drawings

The IET Archives has recently received a donation of 200 electrical engineering technical drawings relating to ICI Billingham. The large majority of these drawings date to two specific periods, the late 1920s and the early 1950s. The earliest drawing was... Continue Reading →

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