Making the Modern World

 

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DNA synthesiser, c 1980.

DNA synthesiser designed and built by Celltech, First generation c. 1980

 
Two freeze dried genetically engineered mice, 1988.

Two freeze dried male transgenic mice (nos 1134 and 1136) that are direct descendents of the first mammals to be granted a US patent, #4,736,866 dated 12 April 1988

 
Mobile X-ray van, English, c 1955.

Model of a mobile mass miniature x-ray unit, cutaway to reveal equipment, operators and patients, English. 1010 mm long.

 
Apollo 10 Command Module, 1969

The capsule that took three astronauts around the Moon in 1969.

 
Viscose rayon (artificial silk), 1896-1900.

Six skeins and one spool of artificial silk made at Wolston, near Coventry, between 1896 and 1900.

 
Volkswagen Beetle motor car, 1965.

Volkswagen Beetle Motor car, 1965. In the early 1930s Dr Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951) designed a car for purchase by the average working man.

 
Avro 504K biplane D7560 with 130hp Clerget engine, c 1917.

Avro 504K biplane D7560 with 130hp Clerget engine no. 52090; The Avro 504 first appeared in 1913 and was in service with the Royal Flying Corps during WWI. As early as November 1914, three 504s carried out a 'mass' bombing raid on German airship cons

 
Pewter sauce boat with unknown touchmark, English, 18th century.

Pewter sauce boat, unknown touchmark, English, 18th century. Pewter is an alloy of tin which can contain small amounts of lead, copper, antimony and bismuth. Athough known to the Egyptians, pewter was not widely used until Roman times, when it was us

 
Nier Feuerhand paraffin lantern, Germany, 1960s.

Nier Fuerhand paraffin lantern (hurricane lamp) model Baby 275. Unused. Made in Germany. 1960s.

 
Tracy, a transgenic sheep, 1999.

Tracy, a transgenic ewe. Genetically modified to produce a human protein (alpha antitrypsin) in her milk, 1990-97.