Monday, May 14, 2018

Industrial Revelations

I think most people have a very vague notion of what the Industrial Revolution was, and descriptions and pictures are not particularly helpful. You really need to see a spinning wheel, a spinning jenny, and a water frame at work to appreciate what was happening in the 1700s. I have been fortunate enough to visit some great museums and see some of these things at work, but I don’t have the opportunity to do that with my students. That is where Industrial Revelations comes in handy. There are several seasons of Industrial Revelations, and I haven’t had time to watch them all, but the first season with Mark Williams (aka Arthur Weasley) is great for showing many important technological changes during the Industrial Revolution. Here is a link to the textile episode, which I think is one of the best.

1 comment:

Peter Badger said...

The Smithsoian American History Museum on the Mall in Washington, DC, has a terrific exhibition of the industrial revolution, marvelous things to see with clear and brief explanations. My favorite: a boat propelled by four oars on each side of the boat, powered by a steam engine, demonstrated in Philadelphia in 1787 (perhaps viewed by delegates to the Constitutional Convention, including George Washington).