AN engineer, who championed a major canal project and pioneered the use of explosive forming in the foundry process, is the subject of a new display at The National Railway Museum, Shildon.

Daniel Adamson was born in the town on April 30, 1820,  the 13th of 15 children and attended Edward Walton Quaker School in Old Shildon.

At 13, he became an apprentice to Timothy Hackworth, engineer to the Stockton & Darlington Railway.

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He went on to establish his own iron works in Newton, Cheshire, and was a pioneer in the development of explosive forming used in the foundry process, and in the use of steel.

He was also a champion of the Manchester Ship Canal project.

The Local Heroes display, in the museum’s Welcome Building, features people from the Shildon area, who have made their mark on history, including authors, politicians, businessmen and engineers.

The display runs from Monday (November 12) to the end of December.

The museum is free and is open 10am to 4pm.