The IET has a strong history of presenting lectures and papers, not only to their members, but also to the public. Looking back at the Institution’s original aims to bring people and ideas together, to inform and influence, it is evident that lectures are a main component of what the IET does.
The Christmas Holiday Lectures were established in 1946 with W G Radley CBE PhD delivering the first lecture entitled ‘Circling the world by telephone’. The Christmas Holiday Lectures were aimed at pupils from 14-17 years of age and combined lively education with practical demonstrations. The subjects and lecturers were deliberately chosen to engage a younger audience and to inspire the next generation of engineers.