Research guides

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

Michael Faraday       Drawing of an animal thermometer by Michael Faraday
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
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      Image of the Telautograph apparatus from the S P Thompson pamhlet collection
A 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
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. This guide introduces you to those collections. 

 

Electricity supply
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
This guide offers an overview of the main collections held at the IET Archives that are relevant to this topic. They include records of power stations, photographs and log books, personal papers, correspondence and reports of UK and non-UK countries. 
Advertising material for the Ward Lamp from the S P Thompson pamphlet collection

Electric lighting     
A guide highlighting the records available at the IET Archives for the study in the development of electric lighting. Collections include business records, trade catalogues, patents, drawings and photographs.

 

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


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".