A unique collection of material promoting and preserving the history of science, engineering and technology. Includes biographies, featured articles, online exhibitions, research guides, information about the IET's history.




Image from Giovani Aldini's Essai theorique et experimental sur le Galvanisme 1804

Search the Archives online catalogue

Search catalogue descriptions from deposited collections and IET records. 



Detail from the Dudley watercolours of HMS Agamemnon laying the Atlantic Telegraph 1858

Archives research guides

A general overview on popular subjects and various sources available within the Archives collections to assist you with your research.



Faraday Lecture 1963 Piezo-electric crystal

IET history

Resources for the history of the IET and Savoy Place plus lists of officials. 



100 years of INSPEC

Inspec history

For over 100 years, Inspec has been helping the scientific and research community to find the right information. Originating with the Science Abstracts journals in 1898, Inspec has been through some interesting times.



Silvanus Philips Thompson in academic dress

Biographies of prominent engineers

A wealth of  biographical information on many eminent scientists and pioneers in the engineering profession.



Detail of an illustration from Methodus Geometrica 1598

Archives highlights

Highlights from the collections relating to the history and development of science, engineering and technology. 



Detail from Mazda Electric Lamps advertisement

Online exhibitions

The exhibitions showcase images and stories from a number of popular topics using material from the Archives. 



Family history at the IET Archives

Find out what records are kept in the IET Archives to help you with your family history.


New electricity timeline poster

The IET Archives has been involved with creating a fun timeline poster that illustrates the key achievements in the history of electricity up to 1900. It features original images from the IET Archives' collections and information on important dates.You can view the free poster by downloading it from the link below.

Free Archives exhibition brochures

If you would like to receive a free copy of one of the IET's Archive brochures that accompanied our past exhibitions please contact us and we shall post them out to you. Topics covered are: "Sailing Ship to Satellite- the Transatlantic Connection"; "The BBC at Savoy Place 1923-1932"; "Secret Machines- British Code-Breaking during World War II" and "A new kind of vision- the discovery of X-rays".