Institution of Engineering Technology IET Archives
The IET Archives film collections consists of 16mm reel films, VHS, Beta and DVD. The films range in date from the mid-1930s through to present day. There are several creators for the films, including various IET departments and external bodies. The collection has been deposited with the IET Archives in an ad hoc fashion, over an unknown number of years. The collection consists of talking films, including some rare early examples of famous scientists and engineers. Other films include IET (and IEE) Lectures, educational films, recruitment and career films. Other films on general subjects cover electricity and its history, power generation, modern telecommunications, telegraphy, railways, automobiles, technology in the home and in indsutry, lighting, radio, radar during World War II and scientific subjects.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is a professional society for engineers and technicians worldwide with over 150,000 members in 127 countries. Founded in 1871 it was granted a Royal Charter in 1921. The IET is registered as a Charity in England & Wales (no 211014) and Scotland (no SC038698).
Phone: 020 7344 8407
Access: Details of the interviewees, subjects and names of lectures can be found on our online catalogue. The IET Archives are open to the public Monday-Friday 9am-5pm but an appointment is necessary. There are no facilities on-site to view the films. Copies of the films can be arranged by the Archivist if they are IET copyright. Some films have accompanying files that detail correspondence and paperwork , for example scripts, pertaining to the film. Please contact the Archivist for more information about specific films.
The IET Archives has a collecting policy that allows for the acquisition of core IET records such as key IET activities which will include audiovisual material. The IET Archives also collects and preserves records, including audiovisual material of Past Presidents and Honorary Fellows plus records documenting the history of science, engineering and technology.