Making the Modern World


    On Display

    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

    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.

    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

    Lockheed 10A Electra, serial no 1037, 1935.

    Lockheed 10A Electra. The aircraft is pictured outside a hangar at the Science Museum's Wroughton airfield in Wiltshire. The Electra first flew in February 1934, and with its low-wing, all-metal monoplane contruction, supercharged air-cooled wing-mou

    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.