The world's oldest steam engine brought to life

The world's oldest steam engine designed by James Watt has been brought back to life in Birmingham, England, where it was built in 1775.

The Smethwick engine was the forerunner of all the steam engines which powered the Industrial Revolution in Britain and the world beyond.

It is now on display at the Thinktank part of Birmingham Museums.

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Presented by:

Dr Jim Andrew

Directed by:

Sean Griffiths

Produced by:

Sean Griffiths

Thanks to:

David Evetts, Museum Enabler, Thinktank, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Zoe Turton PR Officer Birmingham Museums Trust

Recorded By:


Sean Griffiths

Special Thanks to:

Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum,

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