This high-energy, mischievous show inspires curiosity, drawing out questions about real-life figures and basic engineering concepts and celebrating creativity and invention.
It’s 1885 and the Salford-based inventor, Hans Renold, is working on the invention of his bush roller chain, a device that will change the world. We test inventions in his workshop, learning how to transfer motion and the forces involved.
When Hans is challenged to a Penny Farthing race, he has to work out how to adapt the Penny Farthing to create a new, quicker type of bicycle, with a little help from his friend, the engineer J K Starley, and the children of course. Now, if only we had a chain to link the Penny Farthing’s wheels...
What will they learn?
- The background to the work of two significant designers and inventors, who together created the world’s first safety bicycle.
- The different methods used in engineering to transfer motion—cogs, gears, sprockets and chains.
- The role of Victorian Lancashire as the home of invention, with a wealth of world-changing developments at the heart of the Industrial Revolution.
- How motion can be reversed, slowed, accelerated and converted from rotary to linear, or vice versa.