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Family history films

Did your ancestors work in any of these fields? Did their inventions help to change the path of history? Or did science change their working or domestic lives?

Family historians can reveal amazing things about the way people used to live. Working with two family historians these films tell the human stories behind some of the extraordinary objects in the Science Museum collections: a patent model of James Usher’s 1849 steam plough and Frederick Humpherson’s Beaufort WC.

Geoffrey Pidgeon (whose story is told in ‘Straight Flush’) says ‘Family and history are totally interlocked’ and as these films show, family historians can reveal the curious, quirky and the occasionally tragic histories of our collections.

As part the Science Museum Family History Project ‘Straight Flush’ and ‘The House of Usher’ were:

  • Produced and Directed by Bruce Eadie
  • Filmed and Edited by Paul Craddock and Bartek Dziadosz
  • With thanks to Mark Usher and Geoffrey Pidgeon.