British inventions - the good and the great

This workspace contains clips of inventions that could be considered good or great. It includes not only the famous ones, but also inventions by members of the public that seem to serve some practical purpose. The inventions one might class as "great" are as follows: Hovercraft, Television, Concorde, Radio telescope, Radar, Whittle jet engine, Zebra crossings, Harrier jet. The British Pathe archives contain more footage of inventions both good and not-so-good that may or may not be British.

Cheaper Telephones!

Cheaper Telephones! (1933)

Postmaster General Sir Kingsley Wood shows off a new system for telephones.

Comet Makes Aviation History

Comet Makes Aviation History (1950)

The De Havilland Comet is shown off to European destinations - we also see it being made.

First Hovercraft Run

First Hovercraft Run (1959)

New Radio Telescope For Cambridge University

New Radio Telescope For Cambridge University (1963)

New radio telescope erected for the use of Cambridge University.

Space Age Latin Lesson

Space Age Latin Lesson (1968)

Radio telescope erected near Cambridge helps the scientists to locate the stars too far away to see.

Superscope Probes Space

Superscope Probes Space (1965)

Powerful telescopes and observation planes enable clearer view of space objects and eclipse.

Concorde Flies For First Time

Concorde Flies For First Time (1969)

Airliners Now And Later

Airliners Now And Later (1963)

Item showing models and mock-up of Concorde evolving in England and France.

Concord 002 Take Off

Concord 002 Take Off (1969)

British Concorde 002 takes off on test flight from Filton near Bristol.

Channel Hovercraft Named

Channel Hovercraft Named (1966)

Lady Mayoress of Ramsgate names hovercraft 'Swift'.

Duke Of Edinburgh Sees S.R.N.1. Hovercraft

Duke Of Edinburgh Sees S.R.N.1. Hovercraft (1959)

Hovercraft coming in and hovering before landing.

Everyone By Hovercraft

Everyone By Hovercraft (1964)

Inventor Christopher Cockerell shows off more new designs for hovercraft.

First Look At Cc 5 Hovercraft

First Look At Cc 5 Hovercraft (1966)

First look of the hovercraft CC 5 on Isle of Wight.

Harrier Jump-Jet

Harrier Jump-Jet (1970)

Testing of Harrier jet in located

Harrier Plane

Harrier Plane (1968)

Demonstration of Harrier vertical take off jet. Dunsfold, Surrey.

RAF Flying Display At Hatfield

RAF Flying Display At Hatfield (1970)

Three new RAF aircraft on display at Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

News In Flashes

News In Flashes (1951)

Zebra crossing opened - Liaquat Ali Khan buried - Boxers train for forthcoming fight.

Radio Location Inventor Talks AKA Radiolocator Inventor Talks

Radio Location Inventor Talks AKA Radiolocator Inventor Talks (1941)

Inventor of radar Robert Watson Watt makes appeal for more radiolocation operators.

Microwaves

Microwaves (1949)

An item showing microwave and radar development at Malvern, Worcestershire.

Science Makes Peaceful Strides

Science Makes Peaceful Strides (1959)

Weather reports are fed into computers to give more accurate forecasts.

Airs And Graces

Airs And Graces (1936)

A look at 'Pegasus' the lightweight glider which can be easily assembled in minutes.

Modern Telephone

Modern Telephone (1959)

Short film about invention of answering machine - watch it to see how huge they were in the 50's.

Wood Fuel Car AKA Woodfuel Car Issue Title Is Out Of The Wood

Wood Fuel Car AKA Woodfuel Car Issue Title Is Out Of The Wood (1938)

Inventor Mr Donald shows us his car, powered by burning woods.

Aviations Latest Wonder

Aviations Latest Wonder

Plane that lands on water or on ground but has to be catapulted to fly - interesting.

Hover Barrow

Hover Barrow (1960)

New invention, the Hoverbarrow, is demonstrated on a wet and muddy work site in Rainham, Kent.

Phone In Your Car

Phone In Your Car (1959)

Car phones used by business men in Lancashire.

Fast Aid!

Fast Aid! (1940)

Great story showing ARP services ready for action thanks to a new automatic controller.

Seeing By Wireless

Seeing By Wireless (1929)

Lovely film showing early television transmission techniques - features George Gee and Mamie Watson

10 Years Of Jets

10 Years Of Jets (1951)

Sir Frank Whittle is honoured at dinner to celebrate 10 years of the jet plane. London.

De-Havilland 'comet' Dh.106 'plane

De-Havilland 'comet' Dh.106 'plane (1949)

De Havilland (comet DH 106) 'plane taxiing along tarmac, head shot of Whittle.

De-Havilland 'comet' Dh.106 'plane

De-Havilland 'comet' Dh.106 'plane (1949)

Cunningham amid group of mechanics and De Havilland (comet DH 106) 'plane.

New Academic Building At Cranwell

New Academic Building At Cranwell (1962)

Sir Frank looking at first jet engine 'Whittle gas Turbine' and addresses audience.

Radiolocation Issue Title Right Turn

Radiolocation Issue Title Right Turn (1941)

Quirky item about 5 senses and new invention of radiolocation (radar).

Boat Speeds On Bubbles

Boat Speeds On Bubbles (1964)

Basil Hurle-Hobbs shows off his new invention the 'Bubble Boat'.