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Objects which changed the making of rope and film

BBC Inside Out's Kaddy Lee Preston

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As part of the BBC's History of the World project, we look at two historic objects that changed the face of the south east of England.

BBC Inside Out's Kaddy Lee-Preston goes on the trail of two world changing technological developments.

The first of our historic objects is the Maudslay rope machine which revolutionised rope making in the early 1800s. The ropery at Kent's Chatham Dock Yard has been producing rope since 1618, much of it for sailing ships.

In 1810 the Maudslay forming machine was built to mechanise rope making at the dockyard to make rope stronger and more quickly than ever before.

BBC A History of the World - Maudslay rope machine

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

The second historic object is Kinema Color, a colour film process developed by the inventor George Albert Smith from Hove. Kinema Color represented a major step forward in the move from black and white film to colour movies in the early days of cinema.

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