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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.

Harrison's clock, 1715 Richard Arkwright's textil... Watt's model separate cond... Troughton's dividing engin... Benjamin Vulliamy's regula... Trevithick's model locomot...
Portsmouth blockmaking mac... Engine of the paddle steam... Puffing Billy locomotive, ... Davy's original safety lam... Roberts' lathe, 1816