At Thomas Edison’s Laboratory in West Orange, NJ USA the machine shop has been preserved. You can see the huge machines that are all powered by an overhead belt and pulley system.
It’s old and dangerous and complicated to run, but over the years the NPS made films of old machinists running the equipment. It was hard to get them out to the public until the invention of YouTube and the QR code.
All you need is a QR Reader phone for your device of choice, or just click the link.
Completed in 1798 the canal provided a link to London and transformed Berkhamsted into an inland boat building and transportation hub. Up until the Second World War the canal was a principal artery of the industrial revolution linking London with the West Midlands. Today the waterway is home to quiet pubs, parks and house boats.
These panels tell the story of Berkhamsted beginning with the Norman castle that can still be found across from the railway station and go onto explore the impact of the canal on town.
The illustrations can also be collected by children through brass rubbings and are set low to the ground for access. Set in large rock bases they blend into the landscape while offering interesting stories and orientation.
Interpretation funding was provided by the local Canal and Riverside Partnership, the Berkhamsted Community Partnership and Action for Market Towns. Unfortunately, the website the panels references seems to have been taken offline.