1001 Inventions

A journey to the past, to build and design a better future! 1001 Inventions is a UK based not-for-profit educational organisation that creates award-winning blockbuster exhibitions, films, live shows, productions and educational materials. Using research and donations by FSTC UK, it show cases 1,000 years of scientific and cultural innovations aiming to help inspire ambition and motivation to strive towards building a brighter and better future.

Through a network of partners including UNESCO and National Geographic, 1001 Inventions has been highly effective in delivering public engagement campaigns to help change public perceptions about Muslim Civilisation and promote cultural inter-appreciation by celebrating mankind’s shared heritage. Its exhibitions have toured the London Science Museum, Beijing, Slovenia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Rotterdam, Melaka, K. Terengganu, K. Lumpur, Sao Paulo, Sweden, Riyadh, Sharjah, Jeddah, Abu Dhabi, Dhahran, DC, Los Angeles, Doha, Al Ahsa, LoS, Muscat and China. Previous smaller exhibitions have toured the UK, starting at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester in March 2006. Then Cardiff, Birmingham Thinktank, Glasgow Science Centre, the Museum of Croydon, the UK Houses of Parliament, the European Parliament and at the United Nations in New York.

The exhibition is complimented by a short film, ‘1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets’, starring Sir Ben Kingsley as the 13th Century master engineer Al-Jazari. The film has won 21 international awards, including Cannes Best Educational Film, 2010 and has been downloaded 12 million times.

The accompanying coffee table book 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in our World is now in its third edition (2012) published by National Geographic Society. It has been translated into Turkish (2010) and Arabic (2011). Over 100,000 copies have been distributed and sold. The Books for Schools project has seen at least one copy reach many British schools.