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The Age of Steam

How does a steam locomotive work? Who were the 19th century pioneers who invented them? Find out in this engaging workshop.

Railway carriage and objects used in a learning workshop

This is interactive workshop is made up of two 30-minute activities:

Steam Tour 

Children will be taken on a guided tour of the museum's fascinating collection of railway exhibits. Children will see an original Stockton and Darlington Railway Carriage, a replica Locomotion No.1 and the original and replica Sans Pareil. 

Railway Objects 

Children will discover the different people who play a part in running a steam railway and handle a number of different railway objects, including a fireman's shovel, a guard's whistle and a pocket watch.

Follow-on activity for class or at home:

Build a steam engine

Children can cut out and assemble their own steam engine collage. Artwork can be used at school to create a collective display or taken home.

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Part of the Science Museum Group