Making the Modern World


    On Display

    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

    Holmes' lighthouse generator, 1867.

    Electric generator, one of two later installed in Souter Point lighthouse, by Frederick Hale Homes, 1867.

    Pneumatic dispatch tube switch, c early 20th century.

    Pneumatic dispatch switch for an intermediate station

    First prototype of the 'Clock of the Long Now', 1999

    A prototype for a clock mechanism intended to keep time for 10,000 years.

    Remains of Stephenson's 'Rocket' (1829) on display, 2001
    Rocket marks one of the key advances in railway technology.