Archives online exhibitions

Online exhibitions from material held in the Archives. Subjects include Arc Lamps, Domestic Lighting, Michael Faraday, Medical Electricity, Science of Sound, British Radar in World War II and Women in engineering.  

Detail of a radar transmitter

British Radar in World War Two

Radar (Radio Detection and Ranging) was first developed in Britain in the 1930s. This online exhibition looks at the scientists and engineers behind the development of radar during World War Two.


Detail from an Osram advertisement used to highlight their strength by withstanding the weight of an elephant

Domestic lighting exhibition

This online exhibition explores electric lighting within the home. It briefly describes life before electricity, early developments in lighting and how the benefits of electricity were promoted.


Detail from a portrait of Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday online exhibition

An online exhibition looking at the life and work of Michael Faraday with particular emphasis on his work as a lecturer, his travels in Europe, his correspondence with artists and his interest in photography.


Engraving of a hand paralysis diagram from Duchenne de Boulogne 1867

Medical electricity

Online exhibition looking at how electricity in a medical capacity has developed from the Antiquities through to the early twentieth century. Quack treatments are examined alongside studies of anatomy and x-rays.


The Science of Sound exhibition

An exhibition looking at one of the five senses, hearing and how this is of interest to scientists and engineers.


Women in engineering exhibition

An online exhibition looking at the struggle women encountered to gain acceptance as engineers and the work of the Women's Engineering Society and the Electrical Association for Women to educate and assist them.


 

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 it 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 held at Savoy Place 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".