Brass, Steel and Fire
Thu, September 26 - Mon, April 13
See the original Rocket and journey through a great age of innovation when vicars, lace-makers and miners brought their own miniature locomotives to life.
Get up close to the game-changing Stephenson’s Rocket, which shaped the future of the railway in 1829.
Meet the ordinary people who, fascinated by innovations like Rocket, turned their kitchens into makeshift workshops and crafted extraordinary hissing, steaming machines entirely from scratch.
Discover their beautifully intricate homemade creations—including some of the oldest of their kind—and learn how their small-scale experiments pushed the boundaries of engineering, influencing the course of the Industrial Revolution.
Brass, Steel and Fire reveals the love invested in models ranging from the precise to the peculiar through 100 years of rapid technological change.