Source: Handloom weaving in 1747, from William Hogarth's Industry and Idleness
The Industrial Revolution was a time when major developments in technology were being made. Advancements in agriculture, textiles and manufacturing changed the way people lived and worked. Read more about these developments in technology with the resources below.
The Industrial Revolution (c.1760-1840) introduced many new inventions that would change the world forever. It was a time epitomised by the wide scale introduction of machinery, the transformation of cities and significant technological developments in a wide range of areas. Many modern mechanisms have their origins from this period. This article lists ten key inventions of the Industrial Revolution.
This article from Britannica lists some of the major inventors and inventions of the Industrial Revolution and their impact on society.
This website walks through some of the most important inventions of the Industrial Revolution, with videos and pictures to go along with the text.
This article from the British Library talks about the changes in technology and industry in Britain during Queen Victoria's reign. Links to a number of primary sources are also included in the article.
During Queen Victoria’s reign Britain was the most powerful trading nation in the world. In this article, Liza Picard explains how Victorian advances in transport and communications sparked a social, cultural and economic revolution whose effects are still evident today.
This article describes the first steam powered railway engine to run on a public railway, and how its success changed the way goods and people were transported in Britain, and how this change impacted the economy.
Click on the images below to learn more about each of these important inventions from the Industrial Revolution.