Welcome to the IET Archives

A unique collection of material promoting and preserving the history of science, engineering and technology.

Colour photograph of the IET Archives Rare Books Library on shelves   Black and white photograph of Dr Elizabeth Laverick c1950 from the WES collection of women engineer photographs NAEST 092/7/4/13  


Welcome to the IET Archives. Here you will find an overview of our varied collections and the services we offer.  


Search catalogue

Use keywords to search for descriptions of specific items or collections. 

Part of the Mazda lamps advertising poster depicting the 'Mazda goddess' from the SPT pamphlet collection   Colour portrait of Michael Faraday, copy by John Edwards, RP, of H W Pickersgill portrait. Presented to IEEE by IEE 1984  


Enrich your research with our online resources: subject guides, online exhibitions, biographies and articles.


Popular subjects

IET history; Family history;
Michael Faraday ; Telegraphy
Lighting ; World War One
Women in engineering 

  Black and white photograph of Oliver Heaviside with his family in Devon. Heaviside is standing at the back of the group with a pipe. Image 1/1/196.06   Colour artwork taken from Insittution of Electrical Engineers visit of kindred institutions 25 June 1906 ref IET/ORG/6/1/8  

Family history

Discover what records we hold to help with family history research. 


IET history

Information on the IET and its predecessor institutions, lists of officials and Savoy Place.

Pencil drawing of Sir Francis Ronalds seated at a desk, with bookcase in background. Small dog on chair in foreground. Image 1/1/0404.02   Colour illustration of land suveyors in a horse-drawn carriage from the Methodus Geometrica, 1598, from the S P Thompson Rare Books Library  


Read our stories and highlights from recent accessions and our World War One blog. 


Visit us

Information on how to contact us and visit the Archives Centre.