Making the Modern World

     

    On Display

    Power loom, 1851.

    Power loom manufactured by J. Harrison and Son and fitted with the loose reed emergency stop mechanism of 1842. Exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 ina part of the displays entitled 'Machinery in Motion', and subsequently modified by the maker

     
    Thalomid (thalidomide) capsules, 1999.

    THALOMID (thalidomide) in blister pack marketed for use in treating leprosy, HIV infection and some cancers under strictly controlled conditions

     
    Boyle's type anaesthetic machine, 1941-1963.

    This is the back bar for a Boyle's type anaesthetic machine with vaporisers for ether and trilene, flowmeters for oxygen, cyclopropane and nitrous oxide, and a rebreathing bag. The apparatus was made by the British Oxygen Company Ltd, London, England

     
    Orthopaedic corsets, 19th century.

    Brass orthopaedic corsets (A158526 & A121452), to correct deformities of the bones or muscles. Probably made in England during the 19th century

     
    HMV portable gramophone, UK, c 1931.

    H.M.V. portable gramophone No.102 with soundbox No.5B, c. 1931.

     
    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).

     
    Raingo orrery clock, French, 1830-1832.

    Dated 1830--2, this ornate planetary model was made by the Parisian clock makers, Raingo Frères. Called an orrery or more correctly a tellurium, it is a demonstration device to show the motions of the Earth and Moon around the Sun. It consists of a

     
    BTM vertical sorter, 1911.

    BTM vertical sorter, c. 1911, ICT Museum no. 33. The function of the sorter was to arrange punched cards in the order required for the tabulator. The cards were fed one at a time into a mechanism which sensed the position of a hole in a particular co

     
    Sample of Bessemer steel, 1860.

    Sample of Bessemer steel, one slice cut from the muzzle of a gun section, bent cold under the steam hammer. Sir Henry Bessemer (1813-1898) was an English inventor and engineer who invented a cheap process for manufacturing steel. He patented a proces

     
    'Royal' all transistor tape recorder, c 1958-1965.

    `Royal' all transistor tape recorder Model IM-501, with microphone and earphone, and original packaging. Serial No. 04114. Made in Japan c1958-1965.