For over 300 years steam has been the driving force behind working factories, shipping and the railways, essential for trade. Even now, steam turbines generate the majority of the electricity we use every day, both at home and at work.
The Energy Hall showcases an unparalleled collection of historic full-size engines and models. Displays range from a huge red Mill Engine which was made by Burnley Ironworks Company in 1903 to engines built by the famous James Watt.
The gallery uses working models and full-size engines, animations, interactive touch screens and much more to tell students the story of steam power, through the lives of its inventors and users, and the extraordinary part they played in shaping the modern world.