Making the Modern World

     

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    Flymo Super Professional 47 rotary air cushion mower, 1979-1980.

    This mower is an example of the now famous Hover mower made by Flymo Ltd, of Darlington, Co Durham. It was Flymo who made the air-cushion mower into a practical proposition, and into an everyday sight on the lawns of Great Britain.

     
    Ammoniaphone, 'for voice cultivation by chemical means', English, 1871-1900.

    Metal ammoniaphone, for voice cultivation, in box, invented by Dr. Carter Moffat, manufactured by Medical Battery Co., London

     
    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

     
    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