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Ben Russell is Curator of Mechanical Engineering at the Science Museum. He has curated five major permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions including James Watt’s Workshop (2011), Cosmonauts (2015) and Robots (2017). Watt’s Workshop led on to his book, James Watt: Making the World Anew, (Reaktion Books, 2014) and most recently Ben edited Robots (Scala, 2017).

Over the last 250 years our way of life and Earth’s climate have changed dramatically. Read on as we explore some of these changes through objects in the Science Museum Group Collection.