Characters and inventions from the days of Britain's industrial expansion.
The transformation of rail travel.
Ronald Topp investigates the new techniques and ways of working that turned local potteries into an international industry.
The history of manned flight.
Attempts in making steam-powered road vehicles.
Eiffel was the world's greatest advocate of the use of iron in construction.
The invention of the automatic spinning wheel in the mid-18th century.
Cities were traditionally developed around water until the railway developed.
Characters, machines and inventions from Britain's industrial expansion.
How food production kept up with industrialization.
Jacquard's loom in 1805 was the first automated machine, exploding the French silk industry by making detailed patterns easier to make.
With the right ingredients, wood, iron ore, limestone, and the industry, Sweden was producing high-quality cast iron for Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.
One of Scotland's last coal and steam-driven Clyde puffers.
Having `spied' in the UK textile industry, William Cockerill brought the newly-invented steam engine to the continent to power textile machines in the early 19th century.
Ernest Werner von Siemens and Johann Gerg Halske were the greatest innovators in electric power, building the first dynamo and creating the very first electric train.
After the death of his brother in a failed experiment and the destruction of many of his factories, Alfred Nobel finally discovers dynamite.
The German Maffei won a locomotive competition in Austria for an engine to run on the adventurous Semmering railway line, a civil engineering spectacular over the Alps.
The rise of the printing presses became an industrial process due to Plantin and Moretus in Antwerp and with the German steam press.
Roland retraces Pierre-Paul Riquet's steps and reveals the ground-breaking construction that links the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.
The Dutch used the power of the wind to save them from the waves, and to power their shipbuilding business to make them masters of the seas.
Machine factories stamp, trim, drill and mass-produce a wide range of large or small items, repetitively and accurately with steam-powered engines.
Once the highly secretive silk production process was smuggled out of China, the European Silk Industry was born.
The demand for copper and tin led to all sorts of innovations in mining as shafts had to be sunk deeper than ever before.
Joseph Swan's incandescent light bulb brought light into the home; Michael Faraday's work on magnets led to the development of electric motors.
The move from the country to cities caused the need for new house building materials.
Joseph Bramah was a prolific inventor who discovered that liquids could not be compressed which lead to the science of Hydraulics.
As printing became more widespread, paper production underwent industrialization improving the quality and upping the quantity.
How William Murdoch's vision of self-powered road vehicles helped him discover coal-gas.
Mechanization helped to reduce the cost of clothing, and improved on quality.
Mark discovers that during the 19th century, people drank beer instead of water, as the fermentation process killed off bugs.
More-powerful steam engines solve a variety of problems during the Industrial Revolution.
Welsh iron-masters drive the development of the world's first steam locomotive.
Mark Williams discovers how mass-produced high-quality steel and new transport systems in northern England created a famous industry.
Mark Williams visits Birmingham to discover how it gained its reputation as the city of a thousand trades.
Mark Williams learns how Thomas Telford and the Darby family created new transport routes by using iron in unforeseen ways.
Mark Williams finds out how the Leeds and Liverpool canal turned rival counties into industrial hotbeds and made mill owners wealthy.
Mark Williams discovers how Josiah Wedgwood transformed the simple business of pottery into a global industry.
Mark Williams learns how comfortable cotton fabrics became available to all with the establishment of water-powered factory production mills.
Mark Williams presents the birthplace of Britain's canal system to find out how coal transportation was crucial to the Industrial Revolution.
Cromford was the site of the first cotton mill in England.
Experience the working conditions of the Industrial Revolution.
The birthplace of Britain's canal system.
Mass-produced high-quality steel.
Birmingham, the city of a thousand trades.