Making the Modern World

     

    On Display

    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

     
    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.

     
    Coolidge X-ray tube, 1913-1923.
     
    Early X-ray tube, c 1896.

    Large pear shaped x-ray tube of form originally used by Prof. Rontgen, manufactured in Germany about 1896. Inside of glass at end of tube eroded by bringing cathode rays to a focus with a magnet; on stand

     
    Picador Roto-saw electric drill attachment, 1956-1966.

    4" Picador Roto-saw attachment for Cub and Cubmaster electric drills. 1956 - 1966.

     
    Master football game, 1945-1960.

    Table-top coin-operated football goal-scoring machine, with approximately 50 old pennies in a canvas bag, entitled 'Master Football Game', 1930-69.

     
    Candle making machine, English, c 1888.

    Working model, scale 1:2, of a candle making machine. Made by Price's Patent Candle Company Ltd., Battersea, London.

     
    Arkwright's water frame, c 1775.

    Improved spinning machine (water frame), Richard Arkwright, 1775. These spinning machines were driven by water power at Arkwright's Cromford mill, hence the name of Water Frame. This is an improvement on 1860-4, having an arrangement for guiding the