The Science Museum (1), South Kensington, London
Entering the museum from Exhibition Road brings you into the Energy Hall where the story of steam power unfolds. There are numerous steam engines displayed here from the very earliest beam engines to the more modern.
This is one of the largest steam engines on display and is one of the more modern. Built by the Burnley Ironworks Company in 1903 this steam engine was used to drive a textile mill.
Cotton or hemp ropes were used as drivebelts around the flywheel and turned shafts on the mill's different floors to drive individual machines.
This rotative steam engine by Boulton and Watt was one of the very early steam engines built in 1788. It drove a number of metal polishing machines and is the oldest Watt beam engine to have survived almost complete and unaltered and was the first to be fitted with a centrifugal governor.
The 'Making the Modern World' Gallery chronologically presents 150 of the most significant items from the Science Museum's collections from 1750 to 2000. It includes such iconic items as Stephenson's original Rocket locomotive and Babbage's Difference Engine.
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