Get familiar with your engineering past www.theiet.org/family-history Put your ancestors in the picture with the IET Archives Was my relative an engineer? Our heritage The term ‘electrical engineer’ came in to existence in the nineteenth century. Engineers were able to call themselves civil, mechanical or electrical engineers without being a member of the relevant institution. Engineers who were members of an institution were entitled to use post nominals to indicate their affiliation and class of membership. The IET was founded in 1871 as the Society of Telegraph Engineers, a learned society for those involved in the burgeoning electric telegraph industry. The society changed its name to the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1889. If you want to know if a person was a member of the I.E.E look for the use of the letters MIEE (Member), AMIEE (Associate Member) or FIEE (Fellow). Engineering history is rich and varied, full of innovation and pioneering achievements. The IET’s family history records may be able to help uncover the part your relative played and deliver some fascinating insights into their lives and work. The Institution amalgamated with the Institution of Electronic and Radio Engineers (IERE) in 1988, the Institution of Production Engineers (IMfgE/IProdE) in 1991 and the Institution of Incorporated Engineers in 2006, becoming the Institution of Engineering and Technology. It now includes predecessor institutions dating back to 1854. What information is available? Family history records Membership application forms can be used in a number of ways; to search for individuals, to see geographical trends, to trace mobility through the membership categories and in some instances education and employment history. Membership records 1871-1997 Deposited personal papers can uncover engineering achievements whilst company records can chart developments, innovations and projects members have worked on. Photographs, portraits and films Our military records can help to learn more about an engineer’s role during the two world wars. Some contain biographical information such as the First World War Roll of Honour, which holds details on the member, where they were stationed, military action and how they died. Women in engineering records The IET Archives hold a number of interesting collections relating to women in engineering and science, education and the importance of domestic electricity. Trade Directories Obituaries Personal and company records Military records Get in touch Archive Centre Savoy Hill House 7-10 Savoy Hill London WC2R 0BU Tel: +44 (0)20 7344 8407 Email: [email protected] For more information please visit www.theiet.org/family-history www.theiet.org/family-history The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is working to engineer a better world. We inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society. The Institution of Engineering and Technology is registered as a Charity in England and Wales (No. 211014) and Scotland (No. SCO38698).