Making the Modern World

     

    On Display

    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

     

    2 metal containers, each containing 12x100mg of Distaval Forte tablets (thalidomide), by The Distillers Co. Ltd., 1958-1962

     
    DNA synthesiser, c 1980.

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

     
    Holmes arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse, c 1860-1880.

    Holmes' arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse

     
    Early sewing machine by Elias Howe, c 1846.

    Elias Howe's lockstitch sewing machine, c. 1846. This was the first practical sewing machine to be brought to England from America by Amasa Howe, who sold it to William Thomas. Thomas took out a British patent for the design and founded the Thomas Co

     
    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.

     
    The Rolls-Royce vertical take-off-thrust measuring rig, 1954.

    Rolls-Royce V.T.O. Test Bed, XJ 314, (Flying Bedstead), 1954