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Brass, Steel and Fire

Discover the beauty of locomotive engineering and journey through 100 years of model-making at our free exhibition.

Brass, Steel and Fire highlights the great age of experimentation when vicars, lace makers and engineers breathed life into hissing, steaming miniature locomotives. As you travel through this craft-based exhibition you will meet the ordinary people who built the modern world from their kitchen tables and inspired rapid technological change in the time of the Industrial Revolution.

Explore a selection of beautifully intricate homemade creations, including some of the oldest of their kind, and delve into the stories of these humble makers who produced extraordinary machines entirely from scratch.

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Brass, Steel and Fire is kindly supported by Hornbeam Park Developments and players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Part of the Science Museum Group