Making the Modern World


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    Arkwright 's prototype spinning machine, 1769.

    Arkwright's prototype spinning machine, 1769. The machine uses the drawing roller method invented by Lewis Paul in 1738. It was constructed with the assistance of John Kay, clockmaker. The cotton fibres to be spun passed through four pairs of rolle

    Avro Vulcan, experimental model, c 1950s.

    Silvered radar echo measurement model of the Vulcan aircraft built and used at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, UK. The model is chrome painted with a black stripe on the nose section. Built by A V Roe of Manchester between 1955 and 196

    Pewter sauce boat with unknown touchmark, English, 18th century.

    Pewter sauce boat, unknown touchmark, English, 18th century. Pewter is an alloy of tin which can contain small amounts of lead, copper, antimony and bismuth. Athough known to the Egyptians, pewter was not widely used until Roman times, when it was us


    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".