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Engine Demonstration

  • Free
  • 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm
  • Power Hall, Great Western Warehouse
  • Step-free access. Wheelchair-accessible toilets between Power Hall and Station Building. Read our facilities guide.

In this live demonstration of our historic machinery, we’ll show your pupils how steam engines work and teach them about the history of power.

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of real operational steam engines that powered mills all over the North West and helped to shape our world.

What will they learn?

  • That science played a central role in shaping industrial advances.
  • How steam can power a steam engine, and in turn generate energy to power factories.
  • How linear motion can be turned into rotary motion.
  • How the scientific theory of centrifugal force was used to improve steam engines.
  • The role of our historical site in the Industrial Revolution.

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