Making the Modern World


    On Display

    Laennec's stethoscope, c 1820.

    Laennec stethoscope made by Laennec. Labelled as follows: This is one of Laennec's original stethoscopes, and it was presented by him to Dr Begin a French Army surgeon whose widow gave it to me in 1863.

    Wolf 'Challenge' domestic electric drill, c 1960.

    Wolf 'Challenge' domestic electric drill, c. 1960.

    Assorted paint and glue pots, 1950s.

    Tin of 'Casco' casein glue, grade A dry powder to be mixed quickly with water. Manufactured in Great Britain by Leicester, Lovell & Co. Ltd., Ebley Mills, Stroud, Gloucestershire. c. 1955.

    Steam threshing machine, 1860.

    Model (scale 1:4). This model represents a double-blast threshing machine made in 1860 by Wallis, Haslam and Steevens. The machine was designed to be powered by a portable steam engine or, as the 19th century progressed, more often by an agricultur

    Lockheed 10A Electra, serial no 1037, 1935.

    Lockheed 10A Electra. The aircraft is pictured outside a hangar at the Science Museum's Wroughton airfield in Wiltshire. The Electra first flew in February 1934, and with its low-wing, all-metal monoplane contruction, supercharged air-cooled wing-mou

    Caesium atomic clock, 1955.

    This was the first successfull atomic clock, with an accuracy of one second in 300 years. It measures time by counting the vibrations of caesium atoms. The caesium atoms are subjected to radio waves of a very high frequency as they pass down an evacu

    Orrery, 1910-1920.

    Dated to the early twentieth century, this planetary model was made by Laing Planetarium Company in Detroit, United States. Called an orrery, or more correctly a tellurium it is a demonstration model to show the motions of the Earth and Moon around

    Herschel's seven-foot telescope, 1795-1816.

    Dated to the start of the nineteenth century, this reflecting telescope was made by the famous astronomer, William Herschel for his sister Caroline. She was William's lifelong observing assistant and an astronomer in her own right having discovered

    Budding's patent lawn mower No 3157, 1832.

    Lawn mower, built by J. R. and A. Ransomes of Ipswich to Edwin Budding's patent No. 3157 of 1830

    McCormick's reaper, 1831.

    Model (scale 1:6) of the original reaping machine built and demonstrated in 1831 by Cyrus H. McCormick. The model is one of a number displayed at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900 by the McCormick Harvesting Machine Co . It represents Cyrus Mc