Was this the birthplace of a revolution that changed the world?


Coalbrookdale is a truly significant place in the history of the Industrial Revolution. It was here that Abraham Darby changed ironmaking by using coke instead of charcoal and his original furnace is preserved as a historic reminder.

Industrial Rides: The Gladstone Pottery Museum


A lovely museum with three perfectly preserved bottle kilns and workshops showing the working of a typical pottery during the Industrial Revolution. If you’ve read Arnold Bennett Anna of the Five Towns you must visit this place.

Three reasons to visit an industrial museum for family trees


The Maritime District of Bristol in the West of England was once the centre of Britain's largest port and today is a wonderful centre for visiting and understanding how some of your ancestors MAY have been connected to or influenced by some of the events occurring here. For example Isambard Kingdom Brunel lived and worked … Continue reading Three reasons to visit an industrial museum for family trees

Industrial Rides: A Cornish tin mine ….. “crushing suffocation”!


My great grandfather, William Waters, was born in 1841, and by the time of the Census 1851 he was 9 years old and working in a Cornish tin mine alongside his father, Joseph. When the 1891 census was taken he was 49 years old and working in a Cumbrian iron ore mine with his son, … Continue reading Industrial Rides: A Cornish tin mine ….. “crushing suffocation”!

“Industrial Rides” as the ancestral Tour of England continues


“Industrial history is not primarily about machines, raw materials, processes and products. It is about the people who created, innovated, laboured, suffered, acquired, bought and enjoyed, became rich or died young, lived comfortably on the profits or were crushed by the harshness of it all. None of this would have happened without people …….” This … Continue reading “Industrial Rides” as the ancestral Tour of England continues