Making the Modern World

     

    On Display

    'The Thames Tunnel' peepshow, c 1851.

    A peepshow, entitled, "The Thames Tunnel", in 5 lithographed sections and front, hand coloured, with 2 peepholes in cover, the cover scene of Tunnel staircase with vignettes including Crystal Palace and Parliament buildings; in original box. Publishe

     
    Parsons' steam turbine-generator, 1884.

    Parsons' original Steam Turbine generator with spare guide ring and fan 1884. Made by Clarke, Chapman, Parsons & Co. This machine is the forerunner of the turbo-generators that today provide most of the world's electricity. It is the first experiment

     
    Crookes radiometer, 1877.

    Radiometer on stand; etched on glass "No 1327 Dec. 1877 Ag. Vanes"

     
    Crookes radiometer, 1877.

    One of William Crooke's original radiometers.

     
    Raleigh Chopper bicycle MK 2, 1978

    The 'Chopper' children's bicycle.

     
    'Electric Build-it Set', c 1956-1960.

    Model E-1 'Electric Build-it Set' by Electric Games Co., Inc Holyoak, MA, USA

     
    Mechanical cash register, c 1910.

    Cash register, National model 422X, mechanical with paper receipt printer, serial no. 1520476. by the National Cash Register Company, c.1910. The National Cash Register Company, so named after it was sold by the inventor in 1884, dominated the saleso

     
    Edison's filament lamp, American, 1879.

    Very early incandescent electric lamp made by Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), this lamp has a single loop of carbon which glowed when a current flowed through it. The glass bulb (made by the glass blower, Boehm) was evacuated so that there was so lit

     
    Wooden statue of Saint Margaret, possibly French, 1700-1850.

    Wooden statue of Saint Margaret of Antioch, patron of nurses, invoked by married woman and against sterility, wounds and facial blemishes, possibly French, 1700-1850

     
    Maudslay's screw-cutting lathe, c 1800.

    Model of original screw-cutting lathe by Henry Maudslay, 1800. Before Maudslay's invention, screws were crudely made by hand. In this machine the combination of Maudslay's slide rest wih a power-driven screw feed was the prototype of the modern screw