Inventions Category

17/10/2021

Polythene and Perspex

Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), once the UK’s biggest manufacturing company,…

18/06/2021

Boy Scouts

‘Bob-A-Job Week’, during which Boy Scouts would come round offering…

15/05/2021

Belisha beacons

Isaac Leslie Hore-Belisha (1893-1957), later Baron Hore-Belisha, was born in…

12/04/2021

The diving bell

Middlesex-born Edmond Halley (1656-1742), of comet fame, invented the continuously-air-supplied…

15/01/2021

Netlon and Tensar

Dr. Brian Mercer (1927-98) was born in Blackburn towards the…

16/12/2020

Parkesine, the first plastic

The motivation behind the first plastic was to conserve natural…

25/10/2020

Rawlplugs

When the British Museum asked their local building contractor, Rawlings…

20/07/2020

The lawnmower

Edwin Beard Budding (1796-1846) from Gloucestershire was a mechanical engineer…

17/06/2020

Tinned food

Northumberland-born Bryan Donkin (1768-1855) was an extraordinarily creative engineer whose…

01/06/2020

The London Underground

The London Underground, or ‘the Tube’, was the world’s first…

19/05/2020

The toothbrush

William Addis (1734-1808) from London is the protagonist of a…

25/04/2020

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Londoner Sir Peter Mansfield (1933-2017) was among several developers of…