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Joseph Swan: On the web

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

Science and Industry collection

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums' Science and Industry collection celebrates the region's vibrant history of innovation, enterprise and achievement and includes several world 'firsts'.

For example, the invention of the light bulb by Joseph Swan is marked at Discovery Museum by a collection of historic electric lamps.


Sir Joseph Wilson Swan 'a shining light of his time'

In a new exhibition at Cragside find out more about his life and what a light bulb and purple dressing gown have in common.

One of his most famous inventions, the incandescent light bulb, brought him together with Lord Armstrong.

National Archives

The National Register of Archives contains information on the nature and location of manuscripts and historical records that relate to British history.

Swan, Sir Joseph Wilson (1829-1914) Knight Chemist and Electrical Inventor

Mawson Swan and Morgan: records in the National Archives