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Learn all about the life of George Stephenson, father of the railways.

Display of items relating to George Stephenson, including a model of Locomotion No. 1

Following a 15-minute welcome, the package lasts approximately 90 minutes. Each child gets the opportunity to take part in three 30-minute activities.

Stephenson Objects

Children will handle a variety of authentic objects associated with the life of George Stephenson. Items include models, books, tools, medals and miners' lamps. Children will discover George Stephenson's life and personal achievements including his safety lamp, Locomotion No.1, The Stockton and Darlington Railway and the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.


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

George Stephenson Tour

Children will be taken on an interactive guided tour of the museum's fascinating collection of railway exhibits. Children will see inside an original Stockton and Darlington Railway carriage, a replica Locomotion No.1 and original and replica Sans Pareil. Children studying KS1 will also re-enact the opening day of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, while those studying KS2 will engineer and build railway track.

Curriculum Links


  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • An understanding of some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

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