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Lilian Baylis – Theatre Material in the IET Archives

Whilst undertaking some research amongst the many folders in the archives of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) we came across an unusual file in a series of conference correspondence that was titled, ‘theatre – Miss L Baylis’. What we found... Continue Reading →

Godfrey Hector Wire – Electrical Engineering in Glasgow in the 1930s/1940s

The image above shows Godfrey Hector Wire in 1930. Godfrey was an electrical engineer who spent most of his working career in Glasgow and was a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE). We have just received a donation... Continue Reading →

Charles and Edward Gimingham – Light Bulb Pioneers

The IET Archives has just received a donation of papers and photographs, mostly from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, that originally belonged to two highly capable brothers called Charles and Edward Gimingham. They both worked at a senior... Continue Reading →

EMESCO – the history of an electrical & radio engineering business

George Edward Mortley (1880-1974), an engineer, inventor and musician, owned his own company, G E Mortley and Co in the early part of the 20th century. When Walter Sprague was brought into the business in 1921, the company became G... Continue Reading →

A brief history of the Society of Engineers

  The IET Archives has recently acquired an exciting collection of materials from one of its predecessor organisations, the Society of Engineers. Now catalogued and available to researchers, this collection offers an insight into the networks that engineers formed following... Continue Reading →

G. W. Edwards Papers – A Career with GEC Research Laboratories

The IET Archives has just completed the cataloguing of a recent donation called the ‘George William Edwards papers’, which contains significant information relating to the early history of television as George was a senior member of the GEC Research Laboratories’... Continue Reading →

Mysticism in the IET Archives!

One of the volumes amongst the IET’s collection of S P Thompson’s rare books is an English translation from the Latin version of Emanuel Swedenborg’s book, ‘Principia, volume1’. This volume was originally published in 1734 (translation published in 1912). This... Continue Reading →

London Association of Foremen Engineers / London Association of Engineers (1852 – 1985)

The IET Archives recently received a fabulous donation of the photographic albums of the London Association of Foremen Engineers (became the London Association of Engineers in 1934) which cover the period of the organisation’s existence up to 1939. The two... Continue Reading →

The Remarkable William Kingsland (1855-1936)

The IET Archives has recently digitised part of its William Kingsland collection (reference SC MSS 24). The collection comprises 74 items, mostly untitled, including technical drawings, photographs and prints of Kingsland's inventions mostly relating to electric traction. The image above... Continue Reading →

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