image of a Lumo train on route
image of a Lumo train on route

Lumo partners in Discovery Museum's 'Steam for Green' exhibition

Lumo is on board as partner for Discovery Museum’s ambitious new exhibition Steam to Green: A North East Energy Revolution

Published 11 Jun 2024

Lumo, whose trains are all 100% electric powered and 25 times cleaner than flying, is committed to providing sustainable train journeys. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the Stevenson’s Quarter on the site of the world’s first railway locomotive factory, it offers a service on the East Coast Main Line connecting London King’s Cross and Edinburgh with Newcastle.

Steam to Green opens on Saturday 20 July 2024 and will explore the story of energy including ground-breaking research taking place in North East England. The exhibition will include a section about environmentally sustainable transport which will feature information about Lumo’s electric trains and pioneering innovation within the travel industry.

Created in partnership with Newcastle University, the exhibition will demystify green technologies, and showcase new green technologies from North East businesses alongside science and engineering objects from the museums’ historical collections.

Keith Merrin, Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) said: “I’m delighted that Lumo is now a Steam to Green partner. As an innovative Newcastle based company which offers sustainable travel Lumo is a fantastic example of how many businesses in the North East are prioritising environmental sustainability. 
We’re looking forward to working with Lumo over the next two years whilst Steam to Green is on display.” 

Martijn Gilbert, Managing Director at Lumo, said: “As a proud Tyneside based business that’s proud of the region’s railway and industrial heritage and is actively playing a key role in our green future, we’re incredibly excited to be part of such an interactive and impactful exhibition celebrating innovation in engineering and technology. We are committed to helping keep the region at the forefront of great value and sustainable rail travel through creating a cleaner, greener future for the communities and customers we serve.”

Steam to Green: A North East Energy Revolution will take a positive view on how once again the North East of England is leading the way in technological innovation. It will reference the area’s heritage of fossil fuel extraction and use of steam power and contrast this with the green energy research and innovation happening in the region today particularly around green energy use in transport and the home.  

With new hands on interactives like a wind tunnel and solar aeroplanes, Steam to Green will also illuminate career pathways in the green energy sector which is growing in the North East area, for the regional workforce of tomorrow.
Discovery Museum is well known for its world-class science collection including the world’s first steam-turbine powered ship Turbinia, conceived and built on Tyneside by Charles Parsons. It also houses one of the best collections of lightbulbs in the world, including the world’s first commercial lightbulb invented by Joseph Swan. 
The exhibition is supported by headline sponsor Vattenfall, a leading European energy company that is helping society to break free from fossil fuels based in Hexham.
It is funded by Newcastle University, Reece Foundation, and the Headley Trust.

Steam to Green: A North East Energy Revolution will also include a family events programme, schools learning programme and adult after-hours events.
Discovery Museum is open seven days a week, weekdays 10am – 4pm, weekends 11am – 4pm and closed on Bank Holidays. It’s always free entry and donations are welcome.  
Steam to Green: A North East Energy Revolution will open on 20 July 2024 and run until 6 September 2026. Click here for more information about the exhibition.