Toddler’s invention to be shown at The British Library

Sam Houghton’s double headed broom named as one of the most inspiring inventions of the last decade


A 5-year-old boy, who invented a double-headed broom as a 3-year-old, has been praised by experts as having created one of the ”most inspiring” inventions of the last 10 years.


Sam Houghton, from Buxton, Derbyshire, was inspired to create the broom while watching his dad swap between two brooms as he tried to sweep up garden leaves.

Inspired by his heroes Wallace & Gromit, Sam decided to tie two brooms together using a rubber band, creating what he called the “Improved Broom”

Sam has since been granted an official patent for his creation, and is believed to be the youngest Brit to hold one.

”I think it is a tremendously inspiring invention,” said Steve van Dulken, patent expert and curator of Inventing in the 21st Century, an exhibition at The British Library where Sam’s invention will be on display.

”I was willing to lie down in a ditch to defend it – I was adamant that it would be in there.


”The fact that someone less than 4 years old could come up with such a neat solution is very impressive,” praised Steve.

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