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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 →

The electrifying life of Caroline Haslett

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

Margaret Partridge – electrical engineer and ‘wicked adventuress’

By Anne Locker, Library and Archives Manager As part of this year’s celebrations to mark the centenary of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), volunteers and researchers have been drawing out the stories of women who worked in all sectors of... Continue Reading →

Claudia Parsons (1900-1998)

The image above shows Claudia Parsons, with her second-hand 1925 Studebaker car, which she called Baker, and her travelling companion Kilton Stewart. Claudia and Kilton bought the car for £30 in Calcutta in April 1938, before setting off on a... Continue Reading →

Women in Engineering Wikithon

(Civil engineer Elizabeth Mount at work on the Barbican redevelopment, 1969) The IET is teaming up with the Wellcome Library to host a ‘women in engineering Wikithon’ on 15 June at the Wellcome Library. This event aims to celebrate women engineers... Continue Reading →

The Woman Engineer Journal – Now Digitized and Available on the Web

The Woman Engineer (TWE) is the journal of the Women's Engineering Society (WES). It has been produced since 1919, the year that WES was formed, and has usually appeared on a quarterly basis. The cover of the first issue, published... Continue Reading →

Beryl Platt, Baroness Platt of Writtle, papers related to WISE

The IET Archives has just completed the cataloguing of a collection of the papers of Beryl Platt, Baroness Platt of Writtle. This group of papers donated to the IET Archives is a subset of her papers, and consists primarily of... Continue Reading →

Theresa Wallach – Motorcycle Pioneer of the 1930s

In December 1934, Theresa Wallach and her friend Florence Blenkiron set out from London to Cape Town, South Africa, on a 600cc single-cylinder Panther motorcycle with sidecar and trailer. They rode straight through the Sahara desert without a compass to... Continue Reading →

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