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The Electric Century


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This talk is about the huge developments in electrical technology, and its derivatives of electronics computing and telecommunications, during the twentieth century and the profound effect it has had on our lives.

Date and Time

26 September 2017 - 19:30-20:45


Stilton, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - East:Peterboro'&Huntingdo local network. Contact Bernard Gaydon bggaydon@theiet.org at bggaydon@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

The speaker for this talk will be John Williams CEng MIET.

This talk is about how electricity and its derivatives have profoundly changed the way we live, work, and play. It looks at the developments, and the people who initiated them, together with how one led to the next and their subsequent impact on society. The topics stretch from light bulbs, through domestic appliances, radio and television to GPS.

Most homes at the end of the twentieth century were full of electrical equipment, much of which was regarded as essential. It ran from lights, washing machines, kettles, radios televisions, telephones, computers and so on, to the more subtle things such as the controls for central heating and cars. In 1900, in all but a tiny minority of houses, there were none of these things. It is very difficult for us now to imagine a world without electrical equipment everywhere, and yet it has only taken a century. The Electric Century examines how we got from then to now.

The nineteenth century is often described as the century of steam from the impact it had on employment and transport, and The Electric Century makes a similar claim to be the description of the twentieth. Electricity and the equipment using it are so pervasive that they have affected every corner of modern life.


19:00 Refreshments (tea and coffee) will be available
19:30 Talk commences
20:30 Questions invited
20:45 Proceedings end

Reasons to attend

How did electrical and electronic technology develop in the last century?  Come along to the historic Bell Inn at Stilton in Cambridgeshire to find out.  Meet with other professionals from the locality and start networking with them.  Find out what is happening in the IET in this part of the world, and perhaps contribute to future activities.

All are welcome to attend (members and non-members alike).

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There is no charge for attendance

Additional information

A poster for this event is available here:   Stilton 26 September poster   

All welcome (members and non-members).

Registration information

Registration is not required.

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