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MAKING THE MODERN WORLD
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period:  1820-1880 Age of the Engineer

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English railway engineer and inventor, 1857. © Science Museum / Science and Society

The Victorian engineers were the superstars of their age. Their canals, railways, bridges and water schemes visibly transformed the landscape, the economy and peoples' lives.

1820-1880
Age of the Engineer
The Heroic Age
Railways, waterworks and factory towns revolutionised Britain and its landscape.
Constructing the railway system
Railways spread to form new social end economic networks.
Power
Britain harnessed steam power to meet its energy needs.
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