Making the Modern World

     

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    Arkwright's original drawing frame (lantern frame), c 1775.

    Arkwright's drawing frame, commonly known as a lantern frame, c.1780. 'Drawing' was part of the preparatory processes applied to cotton prior to it being spun - Drawing both strengthens and evens the fibres and adds some twist. This machine was proba

     
    Folding joiner's workbench, c 1969.

    Folding joiner's bench, the fore runner of the 'workmate' bench.

     
    Remington Arms lock-stitch sewing machine, 'Empire' model, 1870.

    Original Remington Arms lock-stitch sewing machine head: the 'Empire' model of 1870. The Empire Sewing Machine Company made this model from about 1860. In 1870, the United States Remington Small Arms Company took over the company but continued to ma

     
    Motorola StarTAC mobile phone, 1997.

    STAR TAC mobile telephone by Motorola, Alencon Link, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 1997.

     
    Excell M2 Pocketphone, 1987.

    Excell M2 Pocketphone, cellular mobile phone made by Excell Communications, 1987

     
    Kundo 'Space Timer' radio-controlled desk clock, 1988.

    The Space Timer was one of the first mass-produced radio-controlled clocks. It is synchronised by time signals transmitted from Frankfurt in Germany and indicates Mid-Euopean time, which is one hour fast of Greenwich. It automaticlly resets itself fo

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

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

     
    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