Making the Modern World


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    Bowl from Hiroshima, Japan, 1945.

    Porcelain bowl, retrieved from Hiroshima after the atomic bomb explosion, August 1945

    Ceramic paperweight of the contraceptive pill, c 1970.

    This paperweight was made to represent a contraceptive pill. The contraceptive pill became available in 1960. It uses female hormones to control fertility and became commercially viable when it was discovered that the Mexican yam was a cheap natural

    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

    Jumper produced with wool taken from Dolly the sheep, 1998.

    Jumper knitted from the first fleece of the sheep named 'Dolly' which was the first animal to be born as a result of cloning an adult cell.

    Original mirror for William Herschel's 40 foot telescope, 1785.

    The astronomer, Sir William Herschel made this 48-inch concave metal mirror for his '40-Foot Telescope' at Slough, England. Cast in 1785, the mirror is made of speculum, a bronze alloy with arsenic for a more lustrous finish. Weighing only half a t

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