september, 2019

26sep(sep 26)10:00 am13apr(apr 13)6:00 pmRocket in Brass, Steel and Fire

Railway Museum Rocket


Event Details

Behold the single most important object in the modern age and meet the humble makers who built the modern world from their kitchen tables, in Brass, Steel and Fire at National Railway Museum.

Meet Rocket, the world-changing locomotive which kick started a golden era of innovation. Journey through a great age of experimentation when vicars, lace makers and miners breathed life into hissing, steaming miniature locomotives.

Witness the genesis of rail travel with a face-to-face encounter with Stephenson’s Rocket, back in the museum after 30 years. This bold prototype shaped the course of history with its experimental engineering, captivating the minds of princes and paupers alike. Get up close to this ground-breaking invention and follow 100 years of rapid technological change.

Meet the ordinary people who, fascinated by innovations like Rocket, transformed their kitchens into makeshift workshops and crafted extraordinary machines entirely from scratch.  Discover their beautifully intricate homemade creations, including some of the oldest of their kind. Learn how their small-scale experiments pushed the boundaries of engineering, influencing the course of the Industrial Revolution.

See Rocket in Brass, Steel and Fire at National Railway Museum from 26 September 2019 – 13 April 2020.


September 26 (Thursday) 10:00 am - April 13 (Monday) 6:00 pm


National Railway Museum

Leeman Rd, York YO26 4XJ


National Railway Museum03330 161 010 (Monday–Friday, 09.00–17.00; calls charged at your provider’s usual rate) National Railway Museum, Leeman Road

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