Making the Modern World

 

On Display

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.
 
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

 
Laennec's stethoscope, c 1820.

Laennec stethoscope made by Laennec. Labelled as follows: This is one of Laennec's original stethoscopes, and it was presented by him to Dr Begin a French Army surgeon whose widow gave it to me in 1863.

 
Sinclair Cambridge Memory electronic calculator, 1974.

Sinclair Cambridge Memory Electronic Calculator, 1974. This was one of a series of pocket calculators introduced by Clive Sinclair in the early 1970s, beginning with the 'Executive' in 1972. Sinclair was able to make a calculator small and light enou

 
Sinclair ZX80 microcomputer, 1980.

The Sinclair ZX80 was the first computer made to appeal to the mass market. Sinclair Research Ltd of Cambridge developed it as a build-it-yourself programmable computer that was designed to connect to a television set or cassette recorder. It was sma

 
Wolf 'Challenge' domestic electric drill, c 1960.

Wolf 'Challenge' domestic electric drill, c. 1960.

 
Assorted paint and glue pots, 1950s.

Tin of 'Casco' casein glue, grade A dry powder to be mixed quickly with water. Manufactured in Great Britain by Leicester, Lovell & Co. Ltd., Ebley Mills, Stroud, Gloucestershire. c. 1955.

 
Steam threshing machine, 1860.

Model (scale 1:4). This model represents a double-blast threshing machine made in 1860 by Wallis, Haslam and Steevens. The machine was designed to be powered by a portable steam engine or, as the 19th century progressed, more often by an agricultur

 
Budding's patent lawn mower No 3157, 1832.

Lawn mower, built by J. R. and A. Ransomes of Ipswich to Edwin Budding's patent No. 3157 of 1830