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Extraordinary Barnsley lady features in new book

By Nick Ward Tuesday 12th August 2014

SHE was an extraordinary lady who came up with an invention which briefly changed the educational world — and she was from Barnsley.

Now Annie Margaret Gregory is featured in a new book entitled Great Victorian Inventions: Novel Contrivances and Industrial Revolutions.

The book by Caroline Rochford, 30, features long forgotten inventions from Britain, America and across Europe.


Annie, who lived from 1857 to 1927, was a schoolteacher from Barnsley who worked in a girls' high school.

In 1892 she decided to try to make learning more accessible for her pupils, and invented a device known as the Geodoscope.

This was a fully functional miniature globe, similar to the ones we might buy today, though it also contained an outer, transparent shell, made of glass.

The inner globe represented the earth, whilst the outer globe was marked with the principal constellations of the stars.

The book's author Caroline said; "Miss Gregory's invention was so successful that she took it to America, where it was exhibited at Chicago's World Columbian Exposition of 1893.

"This was a spectacular, star-studded event launched to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World."