Making the Modern World

     

    On Display

    3 metal containers, each containing 25 tablets of Tensival (contains thalidomide), by The Distillers Company Ltd., 1958-1962

     
    Analogue music synthesizer, 1970.

    V.C.S. 3 music synthesizer made by Electronic Music Studios, London Ltd.

     
    Stylophone, electronic mini organ, c 1968.

    Stylophone; a 6 1/2" x 3 3/4" electronic "mini organ".

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

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

     
    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

     
    Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope, c 1957.

    This model (scale 1:200), of the Lovell Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank, Cheshire was made in 1961. United Steel Companies Companies, who constructed the radio telescope for Manchester University, also built this model. Known as the Mark-1 Telescop

     
    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

     
    Defibrillator, 1970-1980.

    Defibrillator, battery operated type 180c with type 182 rechargeable power pack and paddles, by Cardiac Recorders Ltd., London

     
    Red Cross fund-raising brooch made from Zeppelin wire, 1917.

    Brooch made of wire from the first Zeppelin brought-down in England, mounted on card by the British Red Cross, presumably for fund-rising purposes, c.1917