Gavin Weightman

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Gavin Weightman (born March 4, 1945) is a journalist and former documentary film maker who has specialised in the social history of London and Britain since the 18th century.[1] For London Weekend Television he produced and directed The Making of Modern London (1815–1914), The River Thames, Bright Lights Big City, Brave New Wilderness, and City Safari, among other series.[2] His books include The Making of Modern London, co-authored with Steve Humphries (recently re-issued by The Ebury Press); The Frozen Water Trade; Signor Marconi's Magic Box; and The Industrial Revolutionaries.[3] His journalism included many articles for New Society magazine in the 1970s. He lives in North London and concentrates now on writing social history books.[4]

Publications (selected)[edit]

  • 1983: The Making of Modern London, 1815-1914 with Stephen Humphries (Sidgwick & Jackson)
  • 1984: The Making of Modern London, 1914-1939 with Stephen Humphries (Sidgwick & Jackson)
  • 1986: City Safari: Wildlife in London with Mike Birkhead (Sidgwick & Jackson)
  • 1987: Christmas Past with Stephen Humphries (Sidgwick & Jackson)
  • 1990: London River: The Thames Story (Collins & Brown)
  • 1991: The Seaside (Collins & Brown)
  • 1991: Picture Post Britain (Collins & Brown)
  • 1991: London Past (Collins & Brown)
  • 1992: Bright Lights, Big City: London entertained, 1830-1950 (Collins & Brown)
  • 1992: Rescue: the history of Britain's emergency services (Boxtree, Channel Four)
  • 1998: Polar Explorers (Explorers and Exploration series, Grolier Educational)
  • 1998: North America (Explorers and Exploration series, Grolier Educational)
  • 2003: Signor Marconi's Magic Box: The Most Remarkable Invention of the 19th Century & The Amateur Inventor Whose Genius Sparked a Revolution (Da Capo Press)
  • 2003: What the Industrial Revolution Did for Us (BBC)
  • 2003: The Frozen-Water Trade: a true story (Hyperion)
  • 2005: London's Thames: the river that shaped a city and its history (St Martin's Press)
  • 2007: The Industrial Revolutionaries: the creation of the modern world, 1776-1914 (Atlantic)
  • 2007: The making of Modern London: a People's history of the Capital from 1815 to the present day (Ebury Press)
  • 2011: Children of Light: how electricity changed Britain forever ( Atlantic)
  • 2011: Restoration Home:the essential guide to tracing the history of your house (BBC Books)
  • 2012: Secrets of a Titanic Victim: the story of the Real My Fair Lady (
  • 2015: Eureka: how invention happens (Yale University Press)


  1. ^ "Gavin Weightman – HarperCollins".
  2. ^ "Gavin Weightman".
  3. ^ " gavin weightman".
  4. ^ "Gavin Weightman Official Website - Gavin Weightman Biography - Children of Light - Frozen Water Trade - Industrial Revolutionaries".

The British Library has many faculty reading lists.[clarification needed]

Gavin Weightman's Official Website[edit]