Viz founder Chris Donald's pick of history with Victoria Haworth of Robert Stephenson Trust. See 5mins 35 secs
January 22, 2010 19:19:21
Posted By Robert. Stephenson
Question: What links the light bulb, trains and a particular type of gun?
Answer: They are the objects chosen by cartoonist Chris Donald when asked to pick the three items he thought had transformed society in the north-east of England.
Chris presented his selection on Inside Out on BBC One as part of the A History of the World series.
Chris's first choice was the electric light bulb designed by Joseph Swan and demonstrated at Newcastle's Literary and Philosophical Society in 1879.
Swan's house in Low Fell was the first in the world to be lit by electric light.
The second object on Chris's list was the number one gun developed by Lord Armstrong in 1855.
It helped to make Newcastle's West End a hive of industry and also revolutionised armaments.
Last, but not least, Chris chose the railway engine.
The North East has a proud tradition of steam engines from Robert Stephenson's Billy to The Rocket.
Chris also had a personal reason for choosing the engine - he has fond memories of watching the train carrying Rolo sweets from the factory in Fawdon go past his childhood home.