William Armstrong, Magician of the North was shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Literature and the H. W. Fisher Best First Biography Prize. The book has received eleven 5-star reviews on Amazon. It is also available from Waterstones and Booksetc.

 

Dramatic revival of the Admirable Speech

See the video clip below left for Chris Connel's dramatic re-enactment of Sir William Armstrong's presidential address to the British Association for the Advancement of Science. The event formed part of the British Science Festival 2013. It was the 150th anniversary of the original address, made in 1863, and was acclaimed by Charles Darwin as 'Armstrong's Admirable Speech'.

 

Len Deighton on Armstrong
Banqueting hall reaches 150
Swan and the light bulb
Thomas Sopwith's diary
The life of Anne Armstrong
Monster gun revealed

 


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Armstrong Whitworth in the Great War


Malaya, the first ship laid down at Walker Naval Yard, served in the Grand Fleet 1916–19 and was repeatedly hit at Jutland.

BBC centenary coverage features famous Tyneside firm

On 4 August 2014, the centenary of Britain's declaration of war on Germany, commemorative events from around the country were broadcast by the BBC. In northern England the focus was on Armstrong Whitworth, the famous Tyneside firm that had become a world leader in shipbuilding and armaments manufacture. Armstrong Whitworth had its roots in the company founded in the mid-19th century by William Armstrong, later Baron Armstrong of Cragside. On the outbreak of war, it had three factories on the Tyne – at Elswick, Scotswood and High Walker.

BBC Radio Newcastle broadcast an interview in its breakfast show with Henrietta Heald, author of William Armstrong, Magician of the North. This can be heard on World War One At Home. The BBC television channel Look North featured an item about Armstrong Whitworth's contribution to Britain's victory in the war. See BBC Tyne & Wear.

 

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