Engineering Technologies

Our engineering collections embody how human experience has been revolutionized by our capacity to make things. Changes in how things are manufactured, consumed and traded have made, and continue to make, revolutionary impacts on everyday life, energy consumption and the natural environment.

Within this area are the Museum's foundational collections of industrial revolution artefacts, which extend into all areas of engineering and manufacture. These are complemented by collections of manufactured products, the consumer goods that furnish domestic, working and leisure worlds. Transport technologies are represented by rich and specialised collections (rail transport is curated by our sister museum, the NRM). Impacts are represented in collections that represent energy sources, energy technologies, environmental and sustainable technologies.