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Made in Britain

'Made in Britain' is one of the themed strands of the Oral History of British Science programme, an initiative of National Life Stories in association with the Science Museum, and with support from the Arcadia Fund.

Airmen wheeling out of a Spitfire


Airmen wheeling out a Spitfire, 194
Image courtesy of DHA/NMeM/SSPL


'Made in Britain' explores episodes in the development of new technology, engineering, and the  applied sciences. It includes interviews with a variety of individuals who lived their working lives in aeronautical engineering, computers, materials science, electronics, civil engineering, space technology, instrumentation and more. Its interviews touch on such topics as innovation, patenting and exploitation of inventions, entrepreneurship, team work, and the effects of government policy on research and development, all within the context of scientists and engineers wider lives.

The collection documents some of the people behind iconic British technologies like the Harrier jump jet, Severn Bridge, and BBC Micro personal computer, whilst at the same time exploring British contributions to global technological stories, such as fusion power, and space technology. It tells the stories behind key innovations, such as the worlds first modern computer, carbon fibre composites, liquid crystal displays, fibre-topics, and jet aircraft, all told through the words of the people who helped to make them happen.

Many of the 'Made in Britain' interviews are made available in full on the British Library’s Sounds website, while the Voices of Science web resource offers curated access to audio and video highlights from the interviews organised by theme, discipline and interviewee.


Contact us

If you have any queries regarding the Oral History of British Science programme please contact us at:

National Life Stories
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
United Kingdom

Tel  +44 (0)20 7412 7404


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Related links

Voices of Science

External links

The Arcadia Fund

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