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Methods of Lighting in Ancient Japan

The ‘publication’ shown above was produced by the Japanese Illuminating Engineering Society in December 1930, and is titled Nippon Kotoki Taikan: Methods of Lighting in Ancient Japan. The work comprises a decorative presentation box (fabric on wood) with the title... Continue Reading →

ELECTRICAL ADVERTISEMENTS IN ENGINEERING RECORDS 1900-1960

Advertisements are ubiquitous; they pervade our television sets, radio waves, billboards, newspapers and most recently social media. The first kind of advertising dates back to ancient times when announcements were made to publicise events. This blog looks at a small... Continue Reading →

Westminster Abbey – King George V Coronation Electric Lighting, 1911

With the impending wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May 2018 at Windsor Castle, we thought it would be an appropriate time to revisit one of the more unusual items in the IET Archive collections relating to... Continue Reading →

Electric Illumination Exhibition at the Science Museum, 1936

The above image shows the cover of a booklet titled, 'Electric illumination: an account of the principles, applications and development of electric lighting', written by W T O'Dea BSc AMIEE for the Board of Education and the Science Museum in... 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 →

Lighting Designs for The Tower House – Designed by Architect William Burges

The IET Archives holds a collection of drawings produced by a firm of consulting engineers, founded in the latter part of the nineteenth century, called Lucas & Pyke. Every drawing in this collection had been catalogued, or so we thought,... Continue Reading →

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