Canals were an essential part of the Industrial Revolution and spawned Britain’s first successful steamboat, the Charlotte Dundas.
June 13, 2018 - Richard Moss
Stephenson’s Rocket will return to Manchester for the first time in over 180 years in September 2018.
The guillotine is best known as a method of executing those condemned to death during the French Revolution.
The invention of the electric telegraph transformed world communications. It also marked the first practical use of electricity.
A lamp that could light the way, without causing a disastrous explosion, was as essential a piece of a miner’s kit as a pick-axe.
This is one of three artificial legs made for Henry Paget, Lord Uxbridge, who commanded the British cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo. He was hit on the right knee by a canister shot, after the missile had passed over the neck of Wellington’s horse, Copenhagen.
This is the first steam powered railway engine to run on a public railway. It was designed by George Stephenson and sparked a transport revolution that transformed the lives and fortunes of people across Britain and the wider world.
This simple-looking device revolutionised almost every aspect of the lives of people all over the world. It is the first ever generator of electricity.
Charles Babbage (1791-1871) dreamed of creating an automatic, error-free, calculating machine. A machine, which today, would be recognised as a computer.
This gilded bronze statue, known as the ‘Golden Boys’ honours Matthew Boulton (1728-1809), James Watt (1736-1819) and William Murdoch (1754 – 1839).