|Library and Archives - Recent UCL student placement|
IET Archives hosts UCL student placement to develop skills in archival management.
In May 2012 a student on the Master's course at University College London completed a two week placement at the IET Archives. The aim was to further the students' cataloguing skills and experience within an archive repository. The IET Archives was fortunate enough to employ the skills of Paula Togher who took on the challenge of listing, sorting and cataloguing the personal papers of Frederick Skelland on to Adlib, our archival cataloguing software, and to make the catalogue description available online for future researchers.
Frederick Skelland was an electrical engineer and the papers had been donated to the archive in 2011 by a member of his family. The papers include details of his education and employment - in 1928, Skelland moved to England from India to further his career as an electrical engineer. He enrolled with The Technological Institute of Great Britain (a correspondence college) and undertook courses to prepare for the exam to become an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. The records themselves show the education system that Skelland went through in an attempt to secure membership to the Institution and how important it was to gain the required skills in electrical engineering. Skelland eventually settled on the Isle of Wight where he worked as an Installation Inspector with an electricity board and with a boat-builders' firm during World War II. He was killed in a motorcycle accident in Ryde at the age of 50, and was greatly missed by his family.
In addition to the cataloguing project Paula was given a tour of the archive strongrooms and Savoy Place. Highlights of the collections included seeing Michael Faraday's original notebooks and tea towels produced by the Electrical Association for Women informing women on the electrical consumption of their kitchen appliances. Paula successfully completed this project and reported back that she found her time at the IET Archives interesting and rewarding. She has furthered her knowledge of cataloguing practices and has observed how the IET Archives operates and the variety of services it offers.
From all of us at the IET Archives we would like to thank Paula for her help in this project and for making this collection available to researchers.
Written by Asha Gage, IET Archivist
Posted By: Hazel Jones @ 19 June 2012 02:36 PM General
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