The Secret Life of the Home

From pop-up toasters to horse-drawn vacuum cleaners, take a closer look at the development of household appliances. Most of the objects on show date from the late 19th and the 20th century. But you’ll also find ancient Roman keys, 18th century cooking utensils and a 21st century robotic vacuum cleaner. In fact, you’ll be able to discover how applied robotics is one of the key ways in which the appliances in your home will develop in the future. How does a CD player, washing machine and toilet work? Interactive exhibits in the gallery will help you find out. You can also examine locks, try to outwit a burglar alarm and play ‘Pong’, the world’s first home video game. Visit Secrets of the Home to see how the design of household gadgets and gizmos has changed over time.

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