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By 1850, Manchester was a booming industrial city. Steam engines set the pace in its mills and engineering and mass production went hand in hand.

To meet Manchester’s insatiable demand for power, engineers and makers created new types of engines and devised pioneering power networks. They transformed manufacturing and established our modern patterns of production and consumption. Locomotives made in Manchester connected people and places across the world.

Explore objects and stories from the museum’s engineering collections to discover the dynamic human/engine relationship that developed in Manchester and shapes life today.