12 ways that Scarborough changed the world

11 ways that Scarborough changed the world

It may not be the biggest place in the world but Scarborough and its people have had a huge impact on the world today.

From creating the first search engine and establishing the first UK seaside resort to the father of genetic engineering and Oscar winning actors, here are 11 ways our town has changed the world.

An influential British suffragette was born and lived in Scarborough. Florence Balgarnie (1856 - 1928) campaigned tirelessly to get women the vote and represented the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies in Washington DC.

1. We helped get women the vote

An influential British suffragette was born and lived in Scarborough. Florence Balgarnie (1856 - 1928) campaigned tirelessly to get women the vote and represented the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies in Washington DC.
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The first map of the nation's geology was created by William 'Strata' Smith. Though initially overlooked he became known as the father of English geology. In Scarborough he created the Rotunda Museum to house his collection.

2. The father of English geology lived here

The first map of the nation's geology was created by William 'Strata' Smith. Though initially overlooked he became known as the father of English geology. In Scarborough he created the Rotunda Museum to house his collection.
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Two of Coronation Street's well loved characters hail from Scarborough. Fred Feast played the Rovers barman Fred Gee from 1975 to 1984 and Mikey North, from Cayton, has played Gary Windass since 2008.

3. We gave the cobbles some well loved characters

Two of Coronation Street's well loved characters hail from Scarborough. Fred Feast played the Rovers barman Fred Gee from 1975 to 1984 and Mikey North, from Cayton, has played Gary Windass since 2008.
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In 1933 Charles Laughton, left, from Scarborough, won an Academy Award for his performance in The Private Life of Henry VIII. Sir Ben Kingsley, right, born in Snainton, also won an Oscar for his titular role in the film Gandhi.

4. We gave film Oscar winning actors

In 1933 Charles Laughton, left, from Scarborough, won an Academy Award for his performance in The Private Life of Henry VIII. Sir Ben Kingsley, right, born in Snainton, also won an Oscar for his titular role in the film Gandhi.
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