This is a painting of an Australian kangaroo by the artist George Stubbs. This was the first time people in Britain had seen such a creature.
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.
By combining size, power and innovative technology, Brunel revolutionised sea travel and paved the way for modern ship design.
In the late 1700s Captain James Cook (1729 – 1779) led three now legendary voyages to explore the Pacific Ocean.
In 1805 large tracts of Africa remained unknown in Britain and Europe. Mapmakers were quick to draw on new information to fill the blank spaces on the map.
Invented 200 years ago, the humble bicycle is one of the most popular and enduring innovations of all time.