Making the Modern World


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    Plane table outfit, 1745-1755.

    This plane table was made by Benjamin Cole. Plane tabling is a method of survey which allows observations to be plotted directly on a map by a surveyor in the field. Modern versions are still used today for filling in or updating detail on street pla

    Circumferentor, 1750-1763.

    This circumferentor was made by George Adams of London, one of the top instrument makers of the day. It was used between 1750-1763 on the survey of the Mason-Dixon line, in America. The instrument is inscribed in an engraved circle; 'Geo: Adams LONDO

    Nier Feuerhand paraffin lantern, Germany, 1960s.

    Nier Fuerhand paraffin lantern (hurricane lamp) model Baby 275. Unused. Made in Germany. 1960s.

    Tracy, a transgenic sheep, 1999.

    Tracy, a transgenic ewe. Genetically modified to produce a human protein (alpha antitrypsin) in her milk, 1990-97.

    Clocking-in machine, 1930.

    This time recorder, made by the National Time Recording Co. Ltd., of London, was used at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, Hampshire up to 1976 to record the times of arrival and departure of workmen so that their wages could be calculat

    Wind tunnel models of Concorde, 1955-1965.

    Wind tunnel Models of Delta shaped Merged fuselage , elongated Narrow Delta , and hollowed out undersurface models in Concorde wing shape developement. In 1959 the Supersonic Transport Aircraft Committee recommended the construction of a fleet of lon

    Watt's separate condenser, second model, 1765.

    Second model separate condenser, formerly described as the "original" model. Made by James Watt (1736-1819), 1765. Early Newcomen engines were inefficient as their working cycle entailed continual heating and cooling of the cylinder, which wasted fue

    Babbage's Difference Engine No. 1 (Trial Portion), 1832

    Trial portion of the Difference Engine, the first known automatic calculator.

    'The Activity' paint roller in metal paint tray, 1954-1964.

    `The Activity' paint roller with metal paint tray and card storage box. A Wallpaper Stores Product. 1954-1964.

    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