This episode features the discovery of an astonishing Anglo Saxon gold sword hilt in Lincolnshire.
Fred moves on to the golden age of shipbuilding, examining the skills of engineers who turned Britain into one of the foremost manufacturing nations.
The development of the railways.
Starting in Cornwall and traveling all the way to Scotland, Fred turns his eye to the practice of mining; on his travels, he finds out exactly how tin, slate, lead and coal were all extracted from the ground.
The development of the iron and steel industries.
Traveling from the Scottish countryside of New Lanark to Burnley, Fred talks to ex-weavers about life in the mills and meets a group of volunteers who have spent 30 years saving mill engines.
The early uses of wind and water power; the development of the steam engine.