Close Venue

The Creative Genius of Michael Holroyd - History Maker

Event, Exhibition (permanent) 16 March 2019 - 4 November 2028
Portrait of Holroyd Smith in his later years, with a background of an engineering drawing for one of his tramcar designs

© National Tramway Museum

    • The exhibition explores the life, inspiration and inventions of Michael Holroyd Smith, pioneer in electric traction and versatile electrical and mechanical inventor. Holroyd Smith is little known, except for his invention of the first electric street tramway, in 1885, but the Museum Archives show that Holroyd Smith should be recognised for much more than this. He influenced many other pioneers in the scientific and engineering world. His inventions included a very early automobile and he was experimenting with flight as early as 1879. The exhibition also explores STEM themes and includes hands-on exhibits, digital interactives and previously unseen at archive material. It has been funded by AIM Biffa Award through the History Makers Scheme.
Share This