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The Secret Life of the Home

From pop-up toasters to horse-drawn vacuum cleaners, this gallery took a close look at the development of household appliances.  

Most of the objects on show dated from the late 19th and the 20th century.  Visitors also found ancient Roman keys, 18th century cooking utensils and a 21st century robotic vacuum cleaner, and learnt how applied robotics has become one of the key influences on the future development of household appliances.

How do CD players, washing machines and toilets work? Interactive exhibits in the gallery helped visitors find out, andthey could also play the world’s first home video game 'Pong' too.

The Secret Life of the Home  showed how the design of household gadgets has changed over time.