Making the Modern World


    On Display

    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.
    Holmes arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse, c 1860-1880.

    Holmes' arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse

    Toothbrushes with ivoride handles, c 1870-1920.

    Two horsehair toothbrushes with ivoride handles produced by Savory and Moore in London. The Chinese are credited with inventing the use of toothbrushes and toothpastes, although the ancient Egyptians used branches with frayed ends to clean their teet

    Con Edison's 'Plan Your Kitchen Kit', c 1958.

    Con Edison's Plan Your Kitchen Kit, a kitchen planning aid supplied free to customers by the Consolidated Edison Company, New York, ca. 1958.

    Early sewing machine by Elias Howe, c 1846.

    Elias Howe's lockstitch sewing machine, c. 1846. This was the first practical sewing machine to be brought to England from America by Amasa Howe, who sold it to William Thomas. Thomas took out a British patent for the design and founded the Thomas Co