Making the Modern World

     

    On Display

    McCormick's reaper, 1831.

    Model (scale 1:6) of the original reaping machine built and demonstrated in 1831 by Cyrus H. McCormick. The model is one of a number displayed at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900 by the McCormick Harvesting Machine Co . It represents Cyrus Mc

     
    Short SC 1 VTOL aircraft XG900, 1957.

    Short S.C.1 VTOL Aircraft XG900. The Short SC 1 was the first British fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. It was designed as a test aircraft for the Rolls-Royce RB 108 vertical lift turbojet. The SC 1 did achieve vertical take-o

     
    Motorola MicroTAC cellular telephone, 1993.

    MICROTAC Cellular Telephone Model No F09UTD8924AA, Serial No 745DPU0206. by Motorola Inc. USA, 1993, complete with nickel cadmium battery

     
    A scientific lecture, 1802.

    Coloured etching, `Scientific Researches! - New Discoveries in Pneumaticks! - or, an Experimental Lecture on the Powers of Air' a print by James Gillray (1757-1815). A demonstration involving the breaking of wind! Scene shows a discourse at the R

     
    'The Thames Tunnel' peepshow, c 1851.

    A peepshow, entitled, "The Thames Tunnel", in 5 lithographed sections and front, hand coloured, with 2 peepholes in cover, the cover scene of Tunnel staircase with vignettes including Crystal Palace and Parliament buildings; in original box. Publishe

     
    Parsons' steam turbine-generator, 1884.

    Parsons' original Steam Turbine generator with spare guide ring and fan 1884. Made by Clarke, Chapman, Parsons & Co. This machine is the forerunner of the turbo-generators that today provide most of the world's electricity. It is the first experiment

     
    Crookes radiometer, 1877.

    Radiometer on stand; etched on glass "No 1327 Dec. 1877 Ag. Vanes"

     
    Crookes radiometer, 1877.

    One of William Crooke's original radiometers.

     
    Raleigh Chopper bicycle MK 2, 1978

    The 'Chopper' children's bicycle.

     
    'Electric Build-it Set', c 1956-1960.

    Model E-1 'Electric Build-it Set' by Electric Games Co., Inc Holyoak, MA, USA