Discovery Museum, Tyne and Wear
1800 – 1899
Sunderland born Joseph Swan is responsible for a remarkable invention - the incandescent filament electric lamp (“light bulb”); the oldest light bulb in the world and the beginning of electric light as we know it.
Having produced a less successful example earlier he demonstrated this bulb publicly for the first time on 3 February 1879 at the Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle.
Our example was made by Swan in 1881 and used by Lord Armstrong at Cragside, Northumberland - the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectric power.
By Sir Joseph Wilson Swan (1828 –1914)
On display at Discovery Museum, second floor Science Maze Gallery, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
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