Whether it's washing and ironing clothes, preparing and cooking food, cleaning, lighting or entertainment, this gallery explores how everyday domestic activities and appliances have changed over time. Recommended for KS1 upwards.
Alongside the historical objects, cartoons are used to illustrate how they were used and interactive exhibits help to explain how some of the machines work.
Use the gallery to explore the following ideas relating to Science and Design and Technology:
- Appliances have been developed to assist a range of domestic chores.
- The design of appliances (including the materials used to make them) has changed, especially in the last hundred years.
- Electricity has replaced other forms of power used to operate many domestic appliances.
This gallery is open access and you can explore at any time during your visit. We do not allocate specific time slots so you can fit it around other activities that you may have booked.
This page is for educational groups; for general visitor information, please see the main gallery page.
Ideas for encouraging discussion
Electrifying Electricity trail
Lead your students on a trail exploring the topic of electricity. Recommended for ages 7 to 11.
Great Object Hunt: Energy
Find out about energy in the Making the Modern World and Secret Life of the Home galleries. Recommended for ages 11 to 14.
Great Object Hunt: Explorer
A series of challenges for use in any of our galleries. Recommended for ages 7 to 11.
Design and technology resources
Browse design and technology activities for use in the Museum or in the classroom on our learning resources website.