What the heck was the 'Industrial Revolution'?
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Assignment Discovery: American Inventions of the 1800s
On Discovery Channel's "Assignment Discovery," learn how the Industrial Revolution sparked a wave of American inventions including the telegraph and the steam boat.
HowStuffWorks Show: Episode 12: Creating Steel
Making steel in great quantities was one of the largest challenges of the industrial revolution. Learn the secrets of creating steel in Discovery Channel's "HowStuffWorks" show.
Industrial Revelations: 1796 Experimental Aqueduct
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams goes to visit the ruins of an old experimental aqueduct.
Industrial Revelations: Abraham Darby's Furnace
In 1709 Abraham Darby discovered a revolutionary new method for smelting iron that far surpassed previous methods. Learn about it on Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations."
Industrial Revelations: Beginning of Trains
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelation," learn about British inventor Richard Trevithick and how he came up with the idea for the locomotive.
Industrial Revelations: Birmingham Arms Trade
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," with its raw materials and skilled metal workers readily available it was the ideal site for gunsmiths.
Industrial Revelations: Birmingham Glass Blowing
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," discover how the glass blowers of Birmingham and France revolutionized window glass making.
Industrial Revelations: Birmingham Glass Cones
In this video from Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," see one of the last original Birmingham glass cones.
Industrial Revelations: Birmingham Gun Testing Methods
In this segment from Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams shows us the explosive methods used to test guns before they were permitted for sale.
Industrial Revelations: Birmingham Mint
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams takes you through the Birmingham Mint and explains how Matthew Boulton revolutionized minting.
Industrial Revelations: Blaenavon Canals
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams takes a trip to the Blaenavon Canals, which led the way for trade during the Industrial Revolution.
Industrial Revelations: Boat Hoist
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams visits a retired boat hoist that assisted in the extensive job of coal mining during the Industrial Revolution.
Industrial Revelations: Boulton and Watt Steam Engines
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," learn about the Boulton and Watt company which has dominated the steam engine market since the 1770s.
Industrial Revelations: Boulton and Watts Join Forces
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," learn more about one of the first major collaborations of the industrial revolution in England.
Industrial Revelations: Bridgewater's Canal
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," learn about the Duke of Bridgewater who realized that canal gates that pivoted in the middle allowed for a better water seal.
Industrial Revelations: Brindley's Aqueduct
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams shows off the new one hundred meter long swinging aqueduct that replaced James Brindley's Barton aqueduct.
Industrial Revelations: British Cotton Mill
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams visits a historical cotton mill in London. Learn how the specific features of this beautiful building contributed to the productivity of the weaving.
Industrial Revelations: British Industry Canals
The London canals were used for carrying goods in Britain during the Industrial Revolution. On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams explores the revolution of hydraulics and lifts on the canal.
Industrial Revelations: Building of Canal du Midi
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," learn how the great Canal du Midi was built in France.
Industrial Revelations: Canal Boat Pulling
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams demonstrates just how easy it is to pull the massive canal boats.
Industrial Revelations: Canal Building Problems
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams explains the methods James Brindley used to make his interconnecting canals in Britain.
Industrial Revelations: Canal Dam
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," learn about the construction of the Saint-Ferréol dam which was built to prevent the Canal du Midi from running dry.
Industrial Revelations: Canal du Midi
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," learn how the war with the Spanish influenced the French to build the Canal du Midi.
Industrial Revelations: Canal Locks
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," learn how canal locks work on the Canal du Midi.
Industrial Revelations: Coal Mining Boats
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams visits the underground canals in coalmines that were revolutionary for their time.
Industrial Revelations: Coal Mining Tram
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," discover the methods of transporting coal such as coal trams that revolutionized the coal mining industry during the Industrial Revolution.
Industrial Revelations: Cotton Roller
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," how a cotton roller works, who created it and how it changed the cotton industry during the Industrial Revolution.
Industrial Revelations: Darby Iron Casting
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams takes us through the pioneering iron casting methods of Abraham Darby.
Industrial Revelations: Drop Spindle
Thanks to the invention of the drop spindle during the Industrial Revolution, cotton was able to be mass produced inexpensively. Learn more about the drop spindle and the cotton industry on Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations."
Industrial Revelations: Early Steel and Scythe Making
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams takes us through the old school methods of making steel in England.
Industrial Revelations: Finished Canals
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams explains how James Brindley's canals were used, once they were finished.
Industrial Revelations: Flint Burning Kiln
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams visits an old flint burning kiln that helped make Josiah Wedgwood's famous creamware.
Industrial Revelations: Glass Making Exhibition
In this segment of Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," learn more about how the glass makers of Birmingham were given the biggest glass-making job in history.
Industrial Revelations: Grinding Wheels
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams shows us the blade sharpening process with old-style grinding wheels.
Industrial Revelations: Industrial Weaving
Many spinning and weaving stations sprung up during the industrialization of England. On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams tries out the then new weaving machines and their efficiency while singing a hymn.
Industrial Revelations: Legacy of Wedgwood's Pottery
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," learn about the Wedgwood crockery empire, which was established in 1759 and still continues today.
Industrial Revelations: London Sewage Pump
In the early 19th century large steam engines were used to provide water to London. Eventually they learned how to use this same technology to remove sewage from the city. Learn more on Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations."
Industrial Revelations: London Water Supply
Ever wonder why Londoners prefer beer over water? In 1820, the water was so polluted people lost their lives from drinking it. Learn more on Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations."
Industrial Revelations: Madeley Iron Works
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams gives a brief tour of the ruins of Madeley Iron Works.
Industrial Revelations: Menai Bridge
Thomas Telford paved the way for the Industrial Revolution with with his new iron construction methods. One of his most famous achievements is the Menai Bridge. Learn more about the bridge on Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations."
Industrial Revelations: More Efficient Steam Engines
As the Duke of Bridgewater was building his canal, a young man named James Watt was working out how to improve the pumping engine. Learn more about the development of more efficient steam engines on Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations."
Industrial Revelations: Origin of Canal du Midi
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," learn how France built its great Canal du Midi.
Industrial Revelations: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams shows us England's largest aqueduct the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Built in 1805, it stretches 39 meters high and 305 meters long.
Industrial Revelations: Sheffield and its Steel
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams explains the history of Sheffield, England and its trade with Sweden for their superior steel.
Industrial Revelations: Staffordshire
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams takes us on a tour of Staffordshire's furnaces.
Industrial Revelations: Steam Lever
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams gives a hands on demonstration at how the steam lever works.
Industrial Revelations: Steam Tug Trains
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams shows us the steam tug trains that were used to transfer coal and other materials during the Industrial Revolution.
Industrial Revelations: Steel Making Methods
The progression of steel making in Sheffield, England moved at an alarming rate once new methods had been devised. Learn what they were from host Mark Williams on Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations."
Industrial Revelations: Steel Melting
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams takes us through the steel melting process using crucibles.
Industrial Revelations: Steel Transporting Tram
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams shows off the trams that alllowed quick transport of steel to England's shores for export.
Industrial Revelations: Textile Industry Steam Mill
Things changed when steam power finally arrived in the textile industry. On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams explains how the steam engine works and how it runs the cotton mill.
Industrial Revelations: The First Cast Iron Bridge
Abraham Darby made the first cast iron bridge in the world. He used cast iron sections, because rivets weren't invented yet. Learn more about it on Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations."
Industrial Revelations: The Iron Horse
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," learn about the introduction of the first locomotive called, the iron horse, and how it changed the way people lived.
Industrial Revelations: The Steam Locomotive Tested
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams shows us how and where the first steam locomotive was tested.
Industrial Revelations: The Theodolite
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," learn how Pierre-Paul Riquet built the Canal du Midi with the aid of a theodolite.
Industrial Revelations: Trevithick's First Locomotive
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams takes a ride on a replica of the world's first locomotive, built by Richard Trevithick.
Industrial Revelations: Triple Expansion Engine
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams describes how the triple expansion high-pressure steam engine works. We also learn how it helped spread the use of electricity.
Industrial Revelations: Water Filtering System
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," watch as host Mark Williams makes his own water filtering system using an old technique.
Industrial Revelations: Water Wheel Power
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," learn how water wheel power was used to run cotton factories.
Industrial Revelations: Wedgewood and Brindley's Canal
Needing a sufficient way to deliver his fancy crockery Wedgwood turned to famed architect and engineer James Brindley to build a collection of interconnecting canals. Learn more about this partnership on Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations."
Industrial Revelations: Wedgwood and His Queensware
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams shows off some of Josiah Wedgwood's inventions and explains how his crockery empire began.
Industrial Revelations: Wedgwood Creamware
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams shows off the massive bottle kiln that helped create Wedgwood's creamware.
Industrial Revelations: Wedgwood Factory
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams tells us how Josiah Wedgwood revolutionized the crockery industry with his creamware.
Industrial Revelations: Wheel Engine
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," learn how a water-powered wheel engine was used to run cotton factories in industrialized England.
Massive Engines: Hydraulic Pumps
Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie demonstrates the concept of the hydraulic pump. The hydraulic pump was invented by Joseph Bramah during the Industrial Revolution.
Massive Engines: Inside the SS Great Britain
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie shows us how Isambard Brunel developed the powerful steam engine of the SS Great Britain.
Massive Engines: Maiden Voyage of the SS Great Britain
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie shows us the science behind the successful transatlantic voyage of Isambard Brunel's SS Great Britain.
Massive Engines: Newcomen Engine in Action
The Newcomen steam engine gets it power from atmospheric pressure. Host Chris Barrie demonstrates how this is accomplished and sees a live running Newcomen steam engine in action on Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines."
Massive Engines: Newcomen Steam Engine
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie goes underground to demonstrate what triggered the invention of the Newcomen steam engine.
Massive Engines: Steam Powered Pumps
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie offers viewers an inside glimpse of one of the first steam engine fire pumps.
Massive Engines: Steam Shovel Horsepower
Using a steam shovel, host Chris Barrie details the concept of horsepower on Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines."
Massive Engines: Steam Shovels
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie shows us how steam shovels work. Powered by steam engines, steam shovels became popular during the Industrial Revolution.
Massive Engines: The First Steam Powered Ships
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie sails back in time to learn about and take a ride on some of the first steam powered ships and boats.
Massive Engines: Watt Steam Engine Demo
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie demonstrates how the Watt steam engine works.
Massive Engines: Watt Steam Engines
On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie visits the Papplewick pumping house to see the Watt steam engine in action.
Understanding: Industrial Revolution Finds New Fuel
During the industrial revolution new fuels such as natural gas, oil and coal replaced wood as they proved to be more efficient sources of energy. Learn more about fuel on TLC's "Understanding."
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