Prototype steam turbine by Charles Parsons, 1884

Charles Parsons' 1891 radial-flow steam turbine is displayed here. It was the first turbine to run as well as the best steam engines of earlier design. However, the type of steam turbine found in power stations today is the axial-flow type.

This animation shows Parsons' original prototype axial-flow steam turbine of 1884, which can be seen in our 'Making the Modern World' gallery.
Prototype steam turbine by Charles Parsons, 1884