Victorian illustration showing a fire disaster at a coal mine. Smoke rises from the colliery. Miners and miners' families gather, waiting for news.

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The paying-out machine for laying the Atlantic Telegraph cable stands on the deck of HMS Agamemnon, 1858. A wooden structure shelters the large, complex machinery.

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Victorian illustration showing a mountain porter from Ecuador with a pack on his back. He assisted the mountaineer Whymper at the first ascent of Chimborazo.

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The tiny sailing boat 'City of Ragusa' crosses the Atlantic in 1870. The windmill at her stern powers a propeller.

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Huge blocks of ice 2 feet thick block the river Thames at London Bridge, February 1870.

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Zoo elephant in a small indoor cage is killed by firing squad.

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Inauguration of new lifeboat at Sunderland, 1858

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Victorian picture showing 18th-century scene of two men playing cards.

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Victorian picture showing Henry VI (15th century) on horseback in armour.

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