What would we have done with­out teabags?

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THEY ARE among the most im­por­tant dis­cov­er­ies in so­ci­ety and a fas­ci­nat­ing demon­stra­tion of hu­man in­ge­nu­ity.

And now English Heritage has re­vealed ex­am­ples of the great­est in­ven­tions un­earthed in its vast collection of his­toric arte­facts in its cas­tles, forts and stately homes.

A sur­vey by the heritage or­gan­i­sa­tion has also re­vealed that the hum­ble teabag and the internet are among the in­ven­tions which the Bri­tish pub­lic have cho­sen as the most im­por­tant of all time.

The poll has been pub­lished as English Heritage has un­veiled some of the ground­break­ing items in its vast collection of his­toric arte­facts in its cas­tles, forts and stately homes.

A na­tion­wide ex­hi­bi­tion for English Heritage’s “In­ge­nious!” sea­son in­cludes in­no­va­tive ob­jects from ground-break­ing Ro­man ar­mour at Cor­bridge Ro­man Town in Northum­ber­land to a state-of-the-art 1930s vac­uum cleaner at Eltham Palace in London.

With the re­search also re­veal­ing peo­ple think the Vic­to­rian age was the most in­ven­tive, the dis­plays also in­clude an ice-cream maker from the era at Brodsworth Hall and the Bell tele­phone at Queen Vic­to­ria’s Os­borne House on the Isle of Wight.

English Heritage’s head col­lec­tions cu­ra­tor, Matt Thomp­son, said: “This sum­mer, at our sites across the coun­try, we’re cel­e­brat­ing in­ge­nu­ity through the ages and – from pre­his­toric axes to vin­tage vac­uum clean­ers – we’re show­cas­ing some of the most im­por­tant in­ven­tions of all time. His­tory has been built on in­ge­nious in­ven­tions, big and small, and it’s fas­ci­nat­ing to­day to hear what peo­ple find in­ge­nious. The teabag was in­vented by ac­ci­dent but has stood the test of time.”

The sur­vey found some un­sur­pris­ing choices in the top 10, in­clud­ing the wheel, light bulbs and peni­cillin, cho­sen from a long list of in­ven­tions over time.

But there were some more un­ex­pected items, with the Bri­tish valu­ing the in­ven­tion of the teabag, which has trans­formed the mak­ing of the av­er­age cuppa, while sew­ers, the plough and clocks also made it onto the list.

Teabags were in­vented by ac­ci­dent in 1908 when Amer­i­can en­tre­pre­neur Thomas Sul­li­van de­cided to pack­age sam­ples of tea in bags made of silk and cus­tomers as­sumed the teabags were in­tended to be dipped into hot wa­ter.

English Heritage is urg­ing the pub­lic to pick their favourite in­ven­tion by vot­ing at www. english-heritage.org.uk/in­ge­niousob­jects.

A Vic­to­rian ice-cream maker from Brodsworth Hall is one of the gad­gets due to be dis­played by English Heritage

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