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Stories about the lives we've made
About this site
Making the Modern World brings you powerful stories about science and invention from the eighteenth century to today. It explains the development and the global spread of modern industrial society and its effects on all our lives. The site expands upon the permanent landmark gallery at the Science Museum, using the Web and dynamic multimedia techniques to go far beyond what a static exhibition can do.

Animated scenes explore historical episodes, explain landmark discoveries and take you to special places like the Apollo cockpit and James Watt’s workshop.

The story timeline runs from the scientific Enlightenment of the eighteenth century through the age of coal and steam and brings us right up to today’s world of science and scepticism.

From the Rocket locomotive to DNA, this virtual exhibition displays over a hundred amazing 'firsts' in the Science Museum that mark some of the crucial steps in science and invention.

The learning modules link closely to the stories. They will support A level and vocational students in their studies and offer a deeper understanding of a wide variety of subjects to all interested users.

These eight dynamic guided tours help you follow stories and paths linked across time.

Whether it’s a plastic toothbrush or a teddy bear’s fur, technology is woven into everything we touch. Explore the objects we use at home, at work and at play.