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

    HMV portable gramophone, UK, c 1931.

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

    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

    Thalomid (thalidomide) capsules, 1999.

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

    Holmes' lighthouse generator, 1867.

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

    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.
    Avro 504K biplane D7560 with 130hp Clerget engine, c 1917.

    Avro 504K biplane D7560 with 130hp Clerget engine no. 52090; The Avro 504 first appeared in 1913 and was in service with the Royal Flying Corps during WWI. As early as November 1914, three 504s carried out a 'mass' bombing raid on German airship cons

    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