The story of electricity is the story of life itself. Read all six parts and be enlightened.
Fire in the sky has always exerted a hold on our imagination, even as early scientists unlocked the secrets of atmospheric electricity.
Electrified humans brought education and performance together with a spark in the 18th century.
In the 19th century, electricity held life in the balance, with the power to execute – or reanimate.
As the 20th century dawned, both elite and masses basked in the marvellous and unearthly glow of the new electric illumination.
About the author
Ruth Garde is a freelance curator and writer, focusing on the fields of history, art, architecture and heritage. Over the past fourteen years she has worked extensively with Wellcome Collection, writing and curating a variety of projects encompassing history, human health, art and science.