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James Brindley Canal Builder

James Brindley Canal Engineer
This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series Industrial Revolution

James Brindley canal engineer whose work in canal engineering spanned a mere 13 years. How did he manage to achieve so much for the canal building era? His work can still be seen in the centre of Birmingham.

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James Watt and the Industrial Revolution 1774

James Watt
This entry is part 7 of 6 in the series Industrial Inventions and Innovations

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…

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Three Abraham Darby’s

Abraham Darby
This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series Industrial Revolution

Abraham Darby was the first man to use coke in furnaces, his son produced wrought iron and his grandson built the iron bridge at Ironbridge. 3 generations of the same family contributing to the Industrial Revolution.

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Business and Industry – why is it important in family history?

Business and industry, we and our ancestors probably spend more time at work than at home, hence it’s significance to our understanding of and importance to gaining a deeper insight of the lives and times in which our family lived is critical. Take a look at our Business and Industry theme and also our complimentary Organisations and Jobs Occupations and Employment themes…

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History of Women and Work

The employment of women through the second half of the C19th and beyond has long been hidden in the data. As more data is digitized and becomes easier to evaluate it is apparent that women had always been employed in an incredibly wide range of occupations. Seek out the women and their hidden occupations in your family history

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St Katherines Dock key to understanding life in London’s Docklands 19thC

Ancestors who were London dock workers would have been familiar with St Katherine’s Dock

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