What was a machine? Explore real examples from the 1800s

Is a bicycle a machine? What about a pram? Or an umbrella? Language tells us how people categorise things in the world and organise their reality. How did people talk about machines when they were still so new? How did they use them in metaphors, the way we might say ‘computer says no’ now?

Researchers on the Living with Machines project asked members of the public to help collect and categorise machines mentioned in newspaper articles. Explore these machines from the 1800s here.

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