Making the Modern World

     

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    Swan's electric filament lamp, 1878-1879.

    Early carbon and rod filament incandescent electric lamp 1878-9. Made by the English chemist, Joseph Swan (1827-1914).

     
    Set of vaccination lancets, 19th century.

    Six lancets, steel and tortoiseshell, by Weiss of London, in shagreen and silver case, 19th century, relic of Jenner

     
    Chronoscope, 1921-39.

    Chronoscope made by the National Institute of Industrial Psychology(NIIP), London, and was used to measure reaction times in pyschological tests, c.1921-1939. A chronoscope is used for measuring small amounts of time, to an accuracy of 1/1000th of a

     
    Chronoscope, 1921-39.

    Chronoscope made by the National Institute of Industrial Psychology(NIIP), London, and was used to measure reaction times in pyschological tests, c.1921-1939. A chronoscope is used for measuring small amounts of time, to an accuracy of 1/1000th of a

     
    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

     
    Cooke and Wheatstone two-needle telegraph in Gothic case, 1851.
     
    Early Bell telephone and terminal panel, 1877.

    Early bell telephone and terminal panel, 1877, used at Osborne Cottage, 14th January 1878

     
    Stock exchange printing telegraph, 1907.

    Stock Exchange printing telegraph, comprises:- (a) transmitter unit; (b) two receivers; ( c) power pack

     
    Original pilot Bessemer converter, 1856.

    Sir Henry Bessemer (1813-1898) was an English inventor and engineer who invented a cheap process for maufacturing steel. He patented a process by which molten pig iron was converted to steel by blowing air through it in a Bessemer converter.This remo