James Watt’s ingenious improvements to the steam engine transformed this relatively simple technology, making it more efficient and adapting it so it could be used to turn wheels. His ideas revolutionised steam power, literally driving the industrial revolution and transforming the British landscape and the lives of its people.
The advent of steam hauled railways in the 1820s quickly revolutionised passenger travel and the transport of goods across Britain and the wider world. This is an early train ticket for a journey from Liverpool to Warrington.
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.
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 gilded bronze statue, known as the ‘Golden Boys’ honours Matthew Boulton (1728-1809), James Watt (1736-1819) and William Murdoch (1754 – 1839).
By combining size, power and innovative technology, Brunel revolutionised sea travel and paved the way for modern ship design.
The steam engine was one of the most important technologies of the industrial revolution. But it could be dangerous. The invention of the steam whistle made steam power much safer, saving countless lives as steam technology developed and grew through the 1800s.