Free Thinking 2009
A series recorded in front of an audience as part of the Free Thinking ideas festival.
It focuses on free-thinking figures and institutions in North-East England whose ideas challenged their times.
Victorian inventor and industrialist William Armstrong is Britain's forgotten hero, argues his new biographer, Henrietta Heald.
Armstrong brought global fame to the Tyne, employing thousands in the manufacture of machinery, ships and guns.
But he also created the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity.
He epitomised the dynamism of his age and attracted many epithets, from 'visionary genius' to 'merchant of death'.
Henrietta Heald on the achievements of inventor and industrialist William Armstrong.
The second in our series of portraits of figures from the history of North East England who challenged their age, recorded in front of audiences at Radio 3's Free Thinking festival at The Sage Gateshead in 2009.
Henrietta Heald profiles the Victorian inventor, arms dealer and industrialist William Armstrong.
He epitomised the dynamism of his age and attracted many epithets, from "visionary genius" to "merchant of death".