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Women’s work? Women at the BBC during World War II

By Asha Gage, IET Archivist As the BBC celebrates its centenary in 2022, we look at one aspect on how it was at the forefront, not only technologically, but by breaking down barriers for women’s employment in the technical arena.Women... Continue Reading →

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Sorting and storing the IET Library pamphlets

Hear from Dawn White in the IET Library about a project nearing completion to tidy up the Institution's large pamphlet collection. When I joined the Institution over 30 years ago the Pamphlet collection was stored all over the Savoy Place... 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 →

Rare book: Recueil de curiositez rares et nouvelles des plus admirables effets de la nature et de l’art

The image above is from the title page of Recueil de curiositez rares et nouvelles des plus admirables effets de la nature et de l’art published in 1685. It was published in English as Modern curiosities of art and nature.... Continue Reading →

A brief history of the Faraday Lectures

By Asha Gage, IET Archivist In 1923 the Council instituted the annual Faraday Lectures on electrical subjects. They were named after Michael Faraday who believed ardently in educating the public, and young people, about science. This new series of lectures... Continue Reading →

A brief history of the Kelvin Lectures

By Asha Gage, IET Archivist William Thomson, Baron Kelvin of Largs (1824-1907), Honorary Member and former President of the IEE three times (1874, 1889, 1907), was a British mathematical physicist and engineer. During his lifetime Thomson made an enormous contribution... Continue Reading →

How to build a network: lessons from the correspondence of Caroline Haslett

By Anne Locker, Library and Archives Manager This is the second IET Archives blog post looking at the re-cataloguing of the correspondence of Dame Caroline Haslett. The first instalment can be found here. The Caroline Haslett correspondence collections documents the... Continue Reading →

Donating material to the IET Library

By Dawn White, IET Reading Room Librarian What is a donation? A donation can consist of any book, pamphlet, photograph, individual letters/correspondence by members regarding their work or to other members regarding subject of interest, or anything else of interest... 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 →

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