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Business, finance and innovation

Records such as designs, patents, advertisements and photography can trace the ingenuity and inventiveness of British industry over the centuries. We see how innovation can stem from rapid technological advancements but also from the hardships faced in wartime.

Stories from the collection

The story of The 1888 matchgirls' strike

Read about The 1888 matchgirls' strike

In 1888, the women and girls employed by Bryant & May in the East End of London went out on strike. Why did these workers feel so driven to remove their labour?