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Methods of Lighting in Ancient Japan

The ‘publication’ shown above was produced by the Japanese Illuminating Engineering Society in December 1930, and is titled Nippon Kotoki Taikan: Methods of Lighting in Ancient Japan. The work comprises a decorative presentation box (fabric on wood) with the title... Continue Reading →

ELECTRICAL ADVERTISEMENTS IN ENGINEERING RECORDS 1900-1960

Advertisements are ubiquitous; they pervade our television sets, radio waves, billboards, newspapers and most recently social media. The first kind of advertising dates back to ancient times when announcements were made to publicise events. This blog looks at a small... Continue Reading →

Westminster Abbey – King George V Coronation Electric Lighting, 1911

With the impending wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May 2018 at Windsor Castle, we thought it would be an appropriate time to revisit one of the more unusual items in the IET Archive collections relating to... Continue Reading →

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 →

Charles and Edward Gimingham – Light Bulb Pioneers

The IET Archives has just received a donation of papers and photographs, mostly from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, that originally belonged to two highly capable brothers called Charles and Edward Gimingham. They both worked at a senior... Continue Reading →

Lighting Designs for The Tower House – Designed by Architect William Burges

The IET Archives holds a collection of drawings produced by a firm of consulting engineers, founded in the latter part of the nineteenth century, called Lucas & Pyke. Every drawing in this collection had been catalogued, or so we thought,... Continue Reading →

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