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Family History Films

Two family historians tell the human stories behind some of the extraordinary objects in the Science Museum’s collections.


Did your ancestors work in science 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, filmmakers Bruce Eadie, Paul Craddock and Bartek Dziadosz made two films, ‘Straight Flush’ and ‘The House of Usher’.

The films tell the human stories behind two 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 that 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.

Project team

Bruce Eadie, producer and director
Paul Craddock and Bartek Dziadosz, filming and editing

With thanks to Mark Usher and Geoffrey Pidgeon