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Teapot stand, England, 1980

This teapot stand tap was developed for people with arthritis. Arthritis is a painful joint condition that causes swelling and stiffness. People with arthritis often have difficulty grasping or picking things up. The plywood stand lets the teapot sit safely while the hinged base is raised to pour the tea. Simple aids such as this stand have been developed to help with everyday activities. It was donated to the Science Museum’s collections by the British Rheumatism & Arthritis Association.

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Glossary: orthopaedics

The branch of medicine concerned with the preservation and restoration of the muscular and skeletal systems in the body.

Glossary: arthritis

Inflammation of joints; swelling, pain and decreased mobility are typical symptoms.

Glossary: teapot stand

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