We can trace our rich history back to the foundation of the Society of Telegraph Engineers, which held its first meeting in London back in May 1871.
We’re one of the world’s oldest professional institutions and have a global community of incredible volunteers, members and partners spanning all disciplines of engineering and technology.
Although the world has changed since those Victorian days, one thing that still connects us with our history is that engineers continue to solve many of the challenges facing communities across the globe – making an ongoing difference to the world around us.
Find out more about the fascinating history of our lectures and which big names in STEM have delivered their world-changing work to our members and the wider public.
IET Christmas Holiday Lectures
The Christmas Holiday Lectures were established in 1946 and were aimed at a younger audience, combining lively education with practical demonstrations.
History of the IEE Wiring Regulations
The Wiring Regulations have changed inconceivably since the First Edition was published on 11 May 1882. Read our overview to find out how and why these changes are so important.
The IET Charter
A tale of two charters - read the story of ambition and opposition which finally led to the granting of our own charter in 1921.
The history of any professional institution is, at heart, a history of its members. The IET was formed from over 40 predecessor organisations, find out more about their stories and the different intentions of their respective founder members.
Membership - categories and qualifications
Our institution does not remain static and this is reflected in the need to adapt and evolve. Find out how this is reflected in our membership categories and qualifications, from telegraph engineers to present day.