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Stories about the lives we've made


The iconic machines in MMW chart the evolution of the engineering technologies that surround us. From Stephenson's locomotive Rocket to the Apollo programme and space travel, from textile hand loom to Cray supercomputer, from John Harrison's wooden clock to atomic time - these are the inventions that transformed the world.

Locomotion, 1825 Bell's reaper, 1828 Stephenson's Rocket locomo... Babbage's Difference Engin... Cooke and Wheatstone's tel... Whitworth's planing machin...
Harrison Power loom from t... Model of the paddle engine... Thomson's galvanometer, 18... Sample of early Bessemer s... Lenoir gas engine, c.1865 Edison's filament lamp, 18...