Spirit of Invention: A world of creativity from Victorian Britain to the present day

A new family friendly exhibition from The National Archives

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Until Sunday 23 June

Visitor information

The ground floor gallery. 

Free, donations welcome

Created by The National Archives.


This new family friendly exhibition was inspired by some of the thousands of creative designs registered with the Board of Trade from 1839 onwards which are housed at The National Archives

See contemporary technology alongside eye-catching inventions from the Victorian era – including a ventilating top hat and a typewriter for visually impaired people. 

With hands-on interactive activities, visitors of all ages can try their hand at designing and inventing.


Spirit of Invention events programme

Various dates, Tiny Sparks!
- 30 May - Trainmaster