Behold the single most important object in the modern age and meet the humble makers who built the modern world from their kitchen tables.
Meet Rocket, the world-changing locomotive which kick-started a golden era of innovation. Journey through a great age of experimentation when vicars, lace makers and miners breathed life into hissing, steaming miniature locomotives.
Witness the genesis of rail travel with a face-to-face encounter with Stephenson’s Rocket, back in the museum after 30 years. This bold prototype shaped the course of history with its experimental engineering, captivating the minds of princes and paupers alike. Get up close to this ground-breaking invention and follow 100 years of rapid technological change.
Meet the ordinary people who, fascinated by innovations like Rocket, transformed their kitchens into makeshift workshops and crafted extraordinary machines entirely from scratch. Discover their beautifully intricate homemade creations, including some of the oldest of their kind. Learn how their small-scale experiments pushed the boundaries of engineering, influencing the course of the Industrial Revolution.