The film begins in the 19th Century, in Richard Blake’s house, with a quarrel over the use of gas or candles. The 1850s sees the introduction of amateur photography and in 1880 the typewriter and economy gas stove. In the Age of Invention: there is the bicycle, car and telephone. A demonstration of moving pictures (L’Arroseur Arrosée, Queen Victoria's Jubilee, The highlanders, HM The Queen. Victoria's funeral, HM The King, Edward VII coronation). This is followed by a look at the opening of a tram-line, the development of the horseless carriage (the automobile), the Suffragettes, and the First World War. The film cites the arrival of gas fires, the radio, the refrigerator, a gas cooker and the portable wireless. The Second World War is followed by the arrival of television and the washing machine. In 1952 the funeral of HM King George VI. In 1953 the Coronation of HM The Queen Elizabeth II. In 1961 Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person in space. 1965 see developments in the transportation of liquid gas. In the present (1965) there are sports cars, gas heating, and modern housing. The film then looks to the future.