Class Clips is changing
We will be introducing the new Knowledge and Learning Beta website over the coming months. Clips for use in the classroom are now available on your phone, tablet or PC.


Alternatively, you can still browse or search by keyword or clip number on this site.

CLIP 13668

Sir George Cayley - a profile

Sir George Cayley - a profile
Play

Did you know?

All Class Clips content is available to watch on mobile, tablet and desktop devices on our new Knowledge & Learning BETA website.

Key Info
  • Sir George Cayley - a profile
  • Duration: 01:28
  • Most people believe the Wright Brothers created the concept of flight; however it actually came from a Yorkshire man named Sir George Cayley. Cayley was born in Scarborough in 1773. Although he had dozens of inventions, his most important were the principles of flight. In 1804 George Cayley proved his theory by using gliders. However in 1853 he managed to create the first ever heavier than air flight. Not only did Sir George Cayley set the foundations for the Wright Brothers, he set the foundations for future air travel. First broadcast on the Learning Zone on BBC2 in March 2012 as part of the series History Hunt.
  • Subject:

    History

       Topic:

    Historical Enquiry

  • Keywords: HistoryHunt, inventor, pioneer, scientific discoveries, glider, the Wright Brothers, Sir Richard Branson, Blue Plaque, Yorkshire Air Museum, film archives, personal testimony, change, historical enquiry
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful when: Discussing the history of Victorian Britain. When discussing changes in science and technology and the impact of great scientific discoveries. When exploring the life of a significant individual from the past. When discussing the life of Sir George Cayley and why he was significant. When exploring changes over time and giving reasons for these. When using different sources of information to find out about the past.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.