Stamps celebrate pioneers of industrial revolution

A new series of stamps celebrating the pioneers of the Industrial Revolution has been unveiled by the Royal Mail.

A new series of stamps celebrating the pioneers of the Industrial Revolution has been unveiled by the Royal Mail.

The collection features portraits of eight men who invented machines and built the roads, railways and canals in Britain.

Matthew Boulton and James Watt, who were central to the development of the steam engine, are celebrated on the two first class stamps, while the 50p stamps feature textile manufacturer Richard Arkwright and potter Josiah Wedgwood.

Railway pioneer George Stephenson and machine maker Henry Maudslay come together on the 56p stamps, with canal engineer James Brindley and road building giant John McAdam on the 72p stamps.

Julietta Edgar, of the Royal Mail, said: "The individuals celebrated on these stamps had a profound effect on Britain and across the globe, making a huge contribution to manufacturing and creating the infrastructure that brought products to their markets."

The Royal Mail said the issue marked the 250th anniversary of Wedgwood setting up a pottery works in Burslem, Staffordshire; the bicentenary of Boulton's death; and the 250th anniversary of Brindley commencing the historic Bridgewater Canal from Worsley to Manchester.

Television science expert Adam Hart-Davis, who wrote a presentation pack to accompany the issue, said: "Two hundred and fifty years ago a few brilliant individuals unleashed innovative technologies to provide the intellectual driving force which propelled Britain into the Industrial Revolution.

"Their collective genius was crucial to earning Britain the accolade of 'the workshop of the world' and their immense legacy can still be seen around us today."

 

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