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Savoy Place in the 1950s

By Anne Locker, Library and Archives Manager What do Senate House, Piccadilly Circus underground station and Savoy Place have in common? They are all buildings that were designed (or redesigned) by the architect Charles Holden in the mid-twentieth century. The... 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 →

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 →

IEE President: Sir Leonard Drucquer (1902-1975)

By Aisling O'Malley, IET Archivist The IET Archives have received a new acquisition: an album documenting Sir Leonard Drucquer’s Presidency of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), one of the two institutions that formed the IET in 2006. The album... 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 →

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