Over the last century they have transformed our lives with inventions ranging from the humble windscreen wiper and lawn mower to ground breaking developments in television, bionics, computing and telecommunications.
Whether the idea was dreamed up in a garden shed or developed in a laboratory, inventors have dared to dream with innovations in transport, aviation, sports, medicine, industry and technology.
Invented in England celebrates the inventions that have changed our daily lives.
Pioneering inventor - Beatrice Shilling
Beatrice Shilling was a pioneering young engineering graduate of the University of Manchester.
As a child, Beatrice Shilling spent her pocket money on pen knives, a glue pot, and an adjustable spanner.
As an adult, she played a vital role in the defence of Britain during World War Two.