No one is sure when the first umbrella was made. But they have enjoyed a long and honourable history providing shelter for the dampest members of society.
Therefore it is interesting that the public thinks that the role of brollies will increase over the next few years. Research by YouGamp has found that if you ask people a leading question like "do you think that there will be an increased role for brollies over the next few years?", the majority will say yes, even if they haven't thought about before.
Either that or they think a good umbrella will be vital as we are all about to get pissed on from a very great height.