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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 →

The IEE Christmas Holiday Lectures

By Asha Gage - IET Archivist The IET has a strong history of presenting lectures and papers, not only to their members, but also to the public. Looking back at the Institution’s original aims to bring people and ideas together,... Continue Reading →

A tale of two charters

By Anne Locker, Library and Archives Manager A Royal Charter for the Society of Telegraph Engineers In 1875, the meteorologist and telegraphy pioneer Sir Francis Ronalds bequeathed his library of rare books to the Society of Telegraph Engineers, an organisation... Continue Reading →

The IET@150 – a brief history of our lectures

By Asha Gage, IET Archivist The IET has a strong history of presenting lectures and papers, not only to their members, but also to the public. Looking back at the Institution’s original aims to bring people and ideas together, to... 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 →

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 →

From the Palace to the White House: cataloguing the Caroline Haslett correspondence

By Anne Locker, Library and Archives Manager Image above: Caroline Haslett and President Truman at the White House, 1952. Caroline is standing to the President's right, in the dark dress with a striped collar (NAEST 033/12/06) Background Dame Caroline Haslett... Continue Reading →

Magnetic Storms by A.G. McNish

By Aisling O'Malley, IET Archivist On Sunday 24th March 1940, a magnetic storm impacted the power and communication systems across North America. Reports from the time noted cases of voltage dips, the tripping of transformer banks, and severe and reactive... Continue Reading →

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