Research guides

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

IET history

An overview of the history of the IET from its foundation in 1871 to the present day.


Painting of Savoy Place by A Bryett

History of the Savoy and IET London: Savoy Place

A page turner brochure about the history of The Savoy from its medieval beginnings to the present day.


Savoy Place rooms

A guide intended to provide information on the named rooms in Savoy Place, home of the IET in London. Every named room has relationship a with the IET or with the development of engineering and technology.


Family history research guide

A guide written to identify the relevant source material held at the IET Archives for family historians to help with their research. 


Michael Faraday research guide

An informative guide to the various historical sources available at the IET Archives for the study of the life and work of Michael Faraday. Original records include correspondence, diaries and notebooks.


Telegraphy research guide

A comprehensive guide on the sources available for the study in the history and development of telegraphy. Material from the IET Archives collections are listed along with advice for searching our catalogue.


Submarine telegraphy

A guide to some of the sources available at the IET Archives for the study of the history and development of submarine telegraphy. This guide supplements the material listed in the more comprehensive guide on Telegraphy.


Wireless Telegraphy Research Guide

Guide to some of the sources available at the IET Archives for the study of the history and development of wireless telegraphy. It supplements the material listed in the more comprehensive guide on Telegraphy.


Women in engineering research guide

The IET Archives hold a number of interesting collections relating to women's role in engineering and science, education and the publicity and importance of the domestication of electricity. 


Electricity Supply Research Guide

The IET Archives holds a number of collections relating to UK electricity supply in the late 19th and 20th centuries including the records of power stations and supply companies and personal papers of individuals. 


Power generation research guide

This guide offers an overview of the main collections relevant to this topic including records of power stations, photographs and log books, personal papers, correspondence and reports of UK and non-UK countries.  


Electrical accidents research guide

This guide provides details on the records held relating to the development of electricity, accidents and and procedures for prevention. 


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 order your free poster from the IET Education 5-19 department, alternatively 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 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".