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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 →

Rare Book: Pierre Gassendi’s Institutio Astronomica

By Daniel Simkin, IET Research Librarian The image above is of the moon observed by Galileo and included in the second edition of the rare book Institutio Astronomica by Pierre Gassendi, published in 1647. The edition held by the IET... Continue Reading →

The electrifying life of Caroline Haslett

EAW poster on electrical safety (NAEST 093/11/10)

Electric Dreams – a design for modern living

The Electrical Association for Women (EAW) was formed in 1924 adopting the slogan ‘Emancipation from drudgery’ with the aims of encouraging women to be consumers of electricity and to educate them to be more knowledgeable about electrical apparatus. They were... Continue Reading →

Documents, Digitisation and Data: A look at digitising the Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s Ship Plan and Survey Report Collection

Guest blog author: Michael Launchbury, Digital Archivist, Lloyd's Register Foundation. Since 2016, the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Heritage & Education Centre has embarked on an extensive digitisation project to conserve, catalogue and digitise its historic Ship Plan and Survey Report Collection.... Continue Reading →

Gilbert of Colchester

By Anne LockerAnniversaries are an opportunity to bring people, organisations and places together. In 1903, the Institution of Electrical Engineers (now the IET) celebrated the tercentenary of the death of William Gilbert (also known as William Gilberd) by presenting a... Continue Reading →

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