Teachers' Notes

This resource is designed to introduce you to some of the inventors and inventions originating in Leeds during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries - from cinematography to the rack and pinion railway.  Students can explore the work of designers and engineers who have influenced the development of products today and in the past.

It is worth noting that all these historical inventors are male, due to the cultural and societal norms of the time.  Students may need to be made aware of this.


Curriculum Links

  • KS3 Design and Technology: The design cycle; Product design - the role of the professional designer
  • KS3 History: Britain, 1745-1901 - Britain as the first industrial nation 


Learning Objectives

Knowledge of industrial heritage and individual inventors

Understanding of the role played by significant individuals in history

Skills to apply and discuss concepts such as patents, innovation and intellectual property 

Activity Ideas

There are several downloadable worksheets within this resource to test and extend students' learning:

  • Develop plans for your own invention. Think about what the challenges facing life today. Perhaps it's something that you have thought might make your own day to day life easier or something to help humans, animals or plants to survive or something that can solve global problems. Think big or small. What might your solution be? Design your solution and make it out of modelling materials.

  • If you had a shop in Leeds what would you sell? Why? What would you need to do to make your shop successful? Write an advert or poster for your shop.


Internal Links

More resources on My Learning related to this subject area include:

Leeds to the World: The Story of two Leeds Engines

Leeds and Pioneering Hip Replacements

 Japanese Woodblock Print