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IET @150 'Our stories'

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.