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The Industrial Landscape

Britain from Above Episode 6 of 6

The story of how Britain's industrial heartlands have been transformed in the space of a single lifetime.

In 1939, the Luftwaffe secretly photographed the backbone of the British economy: the valleys of South Wales where the great coalfields powered the nation; Swindon, at the heart of Britain's railway network; and Manchester, home to the great port of Salford and the world's largest industrial estate Trafford Park.

Comparing those images with ones from 2008, the sheer scale and speed of change becomes vividly apparent. Where there were factories there are fields; mining villages no longer have mines; docks have been replaced by high-spec waterside apartments. Seen from above, it is clear that no other aspect of the nation has changed so much or so quickly. It is a story of evolution, adaptation, and in some places, extinction.

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30 minutes

Last on

Thu 24 Oct 2013 01:30

Running the National Machine

Running the National Machine

Scattered around the country are just a handful of vast facilities. These are the fuel pumps, the gas tanks - the batteries of our national machine.


Watch the clip on the Britain from Above archive site, and see more stories like this



Role Contributor
Series ProducerLucy Van Beek
DirectorChris Mitchell

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