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Power loom, 1857.

One third scale model of a power loom for simple plain weaving made by Messrs. Sevill and Woolstenhulme in 1857. This loom gives the most elementary kind of weaving in which weft crosses over and under the warps alternately and was the type used exte

Boulton and Watt rotative steam engine, 1788.

Boulton & Watt rotative engine. Employed at the Soho works of Boulton & Watt, this engine is known as the 'Lap' engine as it drove a number of metal polishing (or 'lapping') machines. It is the oldest surviving Watt beam engine to have survived almos

Trevithick's high pressure stationary engine no 14, c 1805.

A unique high-pressure steam engine constructed c1806 to Richard Trevithick’s design.

Atmospheric Pumping Engine, 1791

Atmospheric engine built by Francis Thompson at Oakerthorpe Colliery, Derbyshire, in 1791.

The Mill Engine, East Hall of the Science Museum, London, c 1996

This mill engine drove 1700 power looms for weaving textiles at the same time.

Parsons' radial flow steam turbine-generator, 1891.

Parsons' steam turbo-generator, 1891. Until the invention of the steam turbine by Charles Parsons (1854-1931) in 1884, steam engines could not turn fast enough to produce electricity efficiently on a large scale. Used at the Cambridge Electric Light