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Innovation Collection

"Innovation: Bridging the Gap between Past and Future" From the iconic Thames Barrier standing tall against the River Thames, with Canary Wharf in the background

Background imageInnovation Collection: Thames Barrier on River Thames and Canary Wharf in the background, London, England

Thames Barrier on River Thames and Canary Wharf in the background, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageInnovation Collection: The Falkirk Wheel, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

The Falkirk Wheel, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageInnovation Collection: BOAC Comet

BOAC Comet
The BOAC Comet taxiing onto the runaway at London Airport. The Comet, which will fly to Johannesburg, will be the worlds first jet passenger service. (Photo by Reg Speller/Getty Images)

Background imageInnovation Collection: Drawings and Cross section of the Iron Bridge constructed in 1779 at Coalbrookdale

Drawings and Cross section of the Iron Bridge constructed in 1779 at Coalbrookdale
CHT289161 Drawings and Cross section of the Iron Bridge constructed in 1779 at Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, England, 1784 (pen, ink & w/c on paper) by French School

Background imageInnovation Collection: Man and horse jumping a fence, 1887 Artist: Eadweard J Muybridge

Man and horse jumping a fence, 1887 Artist: Eadweard J Muybridge
Man and horse jumping a fence, 1887. Eadweard J Muybridge was the first photographer to carry out the analysis of movement by sequence photography

Background imageInnovation Collection: Trevithicks Railway

Trevithicks Railway
Richard Trevithicks London Railway and Locomotive at Euston Square, run as an entertainment before the potential of his new high pressure steam engine became fully realised

Background imageInnovation Collection: Advertising poster for the Flying Boats of Imperial Airways

Advertising poster for the Flying Boats of Imperial Airways
1198131 Advertising poster for the Flying Boats of Imperial Airways, 1937 (offset colour lithograph) by English School, (20th century)

Background imageInnovation Collection: The old and new forms of Accringtons Trams

The old and new forms of Accringtons Trams - the older steam tramcar from 1886 (top) dubbed the Baltic Fleet and (below) the new modern electric car - the Flying Squadron ! Date: 1907

Background imageInnovation Collection: Flying Scotsman - LNER High-pressure Compound Express Loco

Flying Scotsman - LNER High-pressure Compound Express Locomotive No. 10, 000 leaving Waverley Station, Edinburgh, Scotland - designed by Sir Herbert Nigel Gresley

Background imageInnovation Collection: Brimstone air-to-ground missile on a triple launcher

Brimstone air-to-ground missile on a triple launcher

Background imageInnovation Collection: The Transporter at Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales

The Transporter at Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales
The Newport Transporter Bridge - a transporter bridge crossing the River Usk in Newport, South Wales (Monmouthshire). A Grade I listed structure, designed by French engineer Ferdinand Arnodin

Background imageInnovation Collection: Crewe Station started service on 4 July 1837 with the opening of the Grand Junction Railway

Crewe Station started service on 4 July 1837 with the opening of the Grand Junction Railway. The purpose of this railway was to link the four largest cities of England by joining the existing

Background imageInnovation Collection: Crewe Station started service on 4 July 1837 with the opening of the Grand Junction Railway

Crewe Station started service on 4 July 1837 with the opening of the Grand Junction Railway. The purpose of this railway was to link the four largest cities of England by joining the existing

Background imageInnovation Collection: Bolts of electricity discharging in the lab of Nikola Tesla

Bolts of electricity discharging in the lab of Nikola Tesla
Inventor and scientist Nikola Tesla in his lab while his magnifying transmitter high voltage generator produces bolts of electricity. December 1899

Background imageInnovation Collection: Spectroscope (c. 1860) by Bunsen and Kirchhoff, published in 1880

Spectroscope (c. 1860) by Bunsen and Kirchhoff, published in 1880
Spectroscope by Robert Bunsen (German chemist, 1811 - 1899) and Gustav Robert Kirchhoff (German physicist, 1824 - 1884). A spectroscope is an optical device

Background imageInnovation Collection: R-101 Airship in a hangar at Cardington, Bedfordshire

R-101 Airship in a hangar at Cardington, Bedfordshire
1929: The R101 airship in a hangar at Cardington in Bedfordshire. The R101 was 221 m (724 ft) long and had a gas capacity of 140 million litres (5 million cu ft)

Background imageInnovation Collection: R101

R101
4th October 1930: R101 at its moorings in Cardington, Bedfordshire prior to its departure for India. It crashed en-route. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageInnovation Collection: Harrisons First Chronometer

Harrisons First Chronometer
This photograph shows Harrisons first chronometer, developed between 1729 and 1735 in response to the British Government offer of a 20

Background imageInnovation Collection: The Atomium, Brussels, Belgium

The Atomium, Brussels, Belgium

Background imageInnovation Collection: Trumpet-playing robot at the Toyota Kaikan Visitors Center in Toyota City

Trumpet-playing robot at the Toyota Kaikan Visitors Center in Toyota City, Aichi, Japan, Asia

Background imageInnovation Collection: Jumeirah Beach Resort

Jumeirah Beach Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Background imageInnovation Collection: James Nasmyths steam hammer erected in his foundry near Manchester in 1832. Artist: James Nasmyth

James Nasmyths steam hammer erected in his foundry near Manchester in 1832. Artist: James Nasmyth
James Nasmyths steam hammer erected in his foundry near Manchester in 1832. The steam hammer was invented by the Scottish engineer and inventor James Nasmyth (1808-1890)

Background imageInnovation Collection: Paternoster lift, usage and drive wheels, wood engravings, published 1888

Paternoster lift, usage and drive wheels, wood engravings, published 1888
Schematic representation of use, and the drive wheels of a paternoster lift. Created by Peter Hart (British engineer). Wood engravings, published in 1888

Background imageInnovation Collection: Transparent Man Walking in Desert

Transparent Man Walking in Desert
Australian Views Photographers: Donald Iain Smith

Background imageInnovation Collection: Early hot air balloon flight

Early hot air balloon flight

Background imageInnovation Collection: Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison
Thomas Alva Edison (1847 - 1931), American inventor of the carbon telephone transmitter (1877), phonograph (1878), and incandescent lamp with carbon filament (1879)

Background imageInnovation Collection: Working shaft in the Kilsby Tunnel 8 July 1937 The tunnel is located near the village

Working shaft in the Kilsby Tunnel 8 July 1937 The tunnel is located near the village of Kilsby in Northamptonshire and opened in 1838 as a part of the London and Birmingham Railway

Background imageInnovation Collection: Title Page of the Geneva Bible, 1614, (1943). Creator: Unknown

Title Page of the Geneva Bible, 1614, (1943). Creator: Unknown
Title Page of the Geneva Bible, 1614, (1943). The " Geneva" version of the Bible is significant because it was the first mechanically printed

Background imageInnovation Collection: James Watt, caricature C015 / 6706

James Watt, caricature C015 / 6706
James Watt (1736-1819). Caricature of the Scottish engineer and inventor James Watt. Watt made numerous practical improvements to the steam engine of his day

Background imageInnovation Collection: King Alfred the Great of England

King Alfred the Great of England
Statue of King Alfred the Great of England (born 849, ruled 871-899). King Alfreds reign is remembered for the formulation of a code of ethics and a rebirth of religious and scholarly activity

Background imageInnovation Collection: Burj Al Arab Hotel

Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Background imageInnovation Collection: Xmas Pudding in Trenches

Xmas Pudding in Trenches
Innovative British soldiers use a German steel helmet as a saucepan for their Christmas pudding

Background imageInnovation Collection: Roof for Watneys JLP01_08_081875

Roof for Watneys JLP01_08_081875
Watney Mann Brewery, St Johns Road, Isleworth, Hounslow, Greater London. An interior view during the construction of the new bottling hall at Watneys new brewery

Background imageInnovation Collection: Prossers Wooden Railway, Wimbledon Common, 1845. Creator: Unknown

Prossers Wooden Railway, Wimbledon Common, 1845. Creator: Unknown
Prossers Wooden Railway, Wimbledon Common, 1845....a System of Tram-ways composed entirely of Wood, which the inventor, Mr

Background imageInnovation Collection: James Watt, Scottish engineer and inventor, 1833

James Watt, Scottish engineer and inventor, 1833. Watt (1736-1819) was born at Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, and showed an interest in engineering and invention from an early age

Background imageInnovation Collection: US Astronaut Edward H. White II carrying out external tasks

US Astronaut Edward H. White II carrying out external tasks during third orbit of Gemini-Titan 4 flight. CREDIT: NASA

Background imageInnovation Collection: A lone astronaut looks up at the sun while exploring Mars

A lone astronaut looks up at the sun while exploring Mars. A rover trails behind

Background imageInnovation Collection: Self-portrait of Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars

Self-portrait of Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars
This self-portrait of NASAs Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rovers Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day, or sol

Background imageInnovation Collection: View from the terrace of Monsieur Franklin at Passy of the first flight under the

View from the terrace of Monsieur Franklin at Passy of the first flight under the
XIR161020 View from the terrace of Monsieur Franklin at Passy of the first flight under the direction of Monsieur de Montgolfier, 21st November 1783 (coloured engraving) by French School

Background imageInnovation Collection: Replica of George Stephensons Rocket Locomotive

Replica of George Stephensons Rocket Locomotive
George Stephensons Rocket Locomotive, built in 1829. Built for the Rainhill Trials held by the Liverpool & Manchester Railway

Background imageInnovation Collection: The Wright Flyer I makes its first flight of 120 feet in 12 seconds, at Kitty Hawk

The Wright Flyer I makes its first flight of 120 feet in 12 seconds, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 10
KW330002 The Wright Flyer I makes its first flight of 120 feet in 12 seconds, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 10.35am, 17 December 1903 (b/w photo) by Daniels, John T

Background imageInnovation Collection: The Bennie Railplane, 1930, (1933). Creator: Unknown

The Bennie Railplane, 1930, (1933). Creator: Unknown
The Bennie Railplane, 1930, (1933). The George Bennie railplane is an astounding device by which existing railways could be speeded up for passenger traffic

Background imageInnovation Collection: Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937), Nobel prize-winning atomic physicist, c1908

Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937), Nobel prize-winning atomic physicist, c1908
Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937), New Zealand atomic physicist. Won 1908 Nobel prize for chemistry. Is considered by many to have laid the groundwork for the development of modern nuclear physics

Background imageInnovation Collection: Exterior of the north transept of the Crystal Palace, London, built for the Great Exhibition, 1851

Exterior of the north transept of the Crystal Palace, London, built for the Great Exhibition, 1851. Conceived by Prince Albert

Background imageInnovation Collection: Siebe and Harrisons patent ice-making machine, 1862

Siebe and Harrisons patent ice-making machine, 1862. This machine was patented by James Harrison in Australia in 1859, and the design was then improved by Augustus Siebe & Co of London in 1861

Background imageInnovation Collection: American barrel organ with inside mechanism, wood engravings, published 1888

American barrel organ with inside mechanism, wood engravings, published 1888
American barrel organ with punched tape technique - Automatic musical instrument from the 19th century. Right side: The inside mechanism. Wood engravings, published in 1888

Background imageInnovation Collection: cargo ship, cloud, color image, commerce, concept, container ship, copy space, day

cargo ship, cloud, color image, commerce, concept, container ship, copy space, day
Glass cargo ship on ocean waves

Background imageInnovation Collection: Rectification Device

Rectification Device
Antique illustration of a DesireSavalles device for rectifying alcohol




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"Innovation: Bridging the Gap between Past and Future" From the iconic Thames Barrier standing tall against the River Thames, with Canary Wharf in the background, to the magnificent Falkirk Wheel in Stirlingshire, Scotland - these landmarks symbolize innovation at its finest. As we journey back in time, we witness Crewe Station's humble beginnings on 4 July 1837 when it first served as a gateway for the Grand Junction Railway. This historic milestone paved the way for countless advancements in transportation. Innovation knows no bounds; even Eadweard J Muybridge's captivating photograph of a man and horse gracefully leaping over a fence captured our imagination back in 1887. It showcased how technology could freeze moments that were once only seen through fleeting glances. The Flying Scotsman, an LNER High-pressure Compound Express Loco, epitomizes progress on rails. Its sleek design and powerful engine revolutionized train travel and set new standards for speed and efficiency. Across Wales' Newport stands The Transporter - a testament to human ingenuity that effortlessly carries people from one side to another. It represents how they are bridge physical divides. Nikola Tesla's lab crackles with bolts of electricity discharging into thin air - his groundbreaking experiments forever changed our understanding of power generation and distribution. Let us not forget Trevithick's Railway or Accringtons Trams – both showcasing old forms transformed by innovative ideas into new modes of transport that shaped cities across Europe. And who can overlook R-101 Airship housed within Cardington's hangar? A marvel of engineering ahead of its time, this colossal vessel soared through skies carrying dreams towards uncharted horizons. These glimpses into history remind us that innovation is not confined to any era or place; it is an eternal force propelling humanity forward.