What was the spinning mule?
The totally incredible Spinning Mule, invented by Samuel Crompton, revolutionised spinning in the 19th Century. It is another example of changes that fueled the Industrial Revolution.Read More
James Watt and the Industrial Revolution 1774
James Watt and the Industrial Revolution The inventor of the first practical and it should be said, economical steam engine was James Watt, an instrument maker from Glasgow who saw the problems with earlier engines such as Newcomen’s engine. A man with a fastidious eye for details, Watt saw the potential to improve the engine…Read More
Northampton and the First Cotton Spinning Mill 1742
The first cotton spinning mill was built in Northamptonshire in 1742 but just what effect did mass production of yarns in the textile industry bring to those working in cottage industries, how did they cope?Read More
Silk making machinery 1745
The silk making machinery of Jacques de Vaucanson revolutionized French silk production but ironically held back the French industrial revolution because of the Luddite attitudes of the French workers.Read More
Flying shuttle – What is it?
Just what was the flying shuttle and why did it have such an impact on the lives of our ancestors? A simple invention that produced incredible results. A great example of the speed of change during the Industrial Revolution.Read More
1825 Invention of the electromagnet
The electromagnet invented 1825 by William Sturgeon who was a remarkable self taught shoemaker, philosopher and scientist.Read More