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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 →

Steam cars and electric lamps: the expansive career of Colonel Crompton

By Anne Locker The first steam traction engines in India. The first electric lights installed in the Vienna Opera House. The first domestic electricity supply schemes in the UK. These, and many more engineering firsts, were the work of the... Continue Reading →

Luxurious locomotives

By Anne Locker, Library and Archives Manager Illustration from ‘Train lighting from the car axle’, Consolidated Railway Electric Lighting and Equipment Company 1900 (IEE Pamphlets 625.2) This illustration of the interior of an elegant private train car, fitted with the... Continue Reading →

EAW Mobile Welfare Canteens of WWII

The photograph above shows an electric mobile canteen and it appeared in the Electrical Association for Women (EAW) publication, Handbook on the Organisation of Mobile Welfare Canteens, compiled by Mrs William Paterson, and published in June 1940. Mrs Paterson was... Continue Reading →

IEE Student Summer Tour to Germany, 1934

The IET Archives has just completed the digitization of a photograph album that records the summer visit of a group of 27 Institution of Electrical Engineer (IEE) student members to Germany. This was a visit led by F J Tompsett... 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 →

Electrification of the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway 1926 – 1928

The IET Archives has just completed the digitisation of a photographic collection concerned with the electrification of the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway (BB & CI Railway) between 1926 and 1928. The photographs, which were donated to the archives... Continue Reading →

Social History Images in the IET Archives

The IET Archives holds an amazing collection of images which was put together by British Thomson-Houston (BTH), and which consists of some 28 photograph albums and 13,000 glass plate negatives in total. The images all have a connection to equipment... Continue Reading →

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