• Short Summary

    Experiments using electricity are seen at the Michael Faraday Exhibition in London.

  • Description

    Full titles read: "Michael Faraday - Filmed at the Faraday Exhibition, London. No country can take from the British race the credit due to Faraday, the pioneer of electricity today."

    London.

    Various shots of exhibits at the Faraday Exhibition: schoolboys crowd around a white statue (not sure who or what this is meant to be); an electric 'bolt' illuminates a black background; the word 'Faraday' is seen in a neon light. Some men recreate Michael Faraday's original experiment in which he discovered electricity.

    Schoolboys watch as machine generates artificial lightning. A man sits inside a cage and is free of an electric charge around the cage; pieces of paper on the outside and an electroscope stand out horizontally from the charge. Another experiment shows the effect of induced currents; an alternating current around a magnet repels a metal ring, making it fly up into the air. A hammer attached to the magnet and the ring circles the hammer handle.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1044.13
    Media URN:
    37092
    Group:
    Pathetones
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1931
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:21:48:00 / 01:24:19:00
    Canister:
    PT 090

Comments (1)

  1. scottkeir says

    "Various shots of exhibits at the Faraday Exhibition: schoolboys crowd around a white statue (not sure who or what this is meant to be); " - the statue at 0:15 - 0:20 that the school children are crowding around is of Michael Faraday. The statue is a copy of the original by John Henry Foley that stands in the entrance to the Royal Institution. The Faraday statue shows him gesturing with his right hand, and holding an induction ring in his left hand - that's visible in the footage. (Two bronze copies are at the IET buildings in London and Stevenage.) See ‘Faraday Centenary Exhibition’, Nature, 128.3231 (1931), 564–67 DOI:10.1038/128564a0 for contemporary note, or James, Frank A. J. L., ‘The Janus Face of Modernity: Michael Faraday in the Twentieth Century: Presidential Address’, The British Journal for the History of Science, 41.4 (2008), 477–516 doi: 0.1017/S000708740800126X for details of the exhibition.

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