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Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope, c 1957.

This model (scale 1:200), of the Lovell Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank, Cheshire was made in 1961. United Steel Companies Companies, who constructed the radio telescope for Manchester University, also built this model. Known as the Mark-1 Telescop

Orrery, 1910-1920.

Dated to the early twentieth century, this planetary model was made by Laing Planetarium Company in Detroit, United States. Called an orrery, or more correctly a tellurium it is a demonstration model to show the motions of the Earth and Moon around

Herschel's seven-foot telescope, 1795-1816.

Dated to the start of the nineteenth century, this reflecting telescope was made by the famous astronomer, William Herschel for his sister Caroline. She was William's lifelong observing assistant and an astronomer in her own right having discovered

Arkwright 's prototype spinning machine, 1769.

Arkwright's prototype spinning machine, 1769. The machine uses the drawing roller method invented by Lewis Paul in 1738. It was constructed with the assistance of John Kay, clockmaker. The cotton fibres to be spun passed through four pairs of rolle

Avro Vulcan, experimental model, c 1950s.

Silvered radar echo measurement model of the Vulcan aircraft built and used at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, UK. The model is chrome painted with a black stripe on the nose section. Built by A V Roe of Manchester between 1955 and 196

Pewter sauce boat with unknown touchmark, English, 18th century.

Pewter sauce boat, unknown touchmark, English, 18th century. Pewter is an alloy of tin which can contain small amounts of lead, copper, antimony and bismuth. Athough known to the Egyptians, pewter was not widely used until Roman times, when it was us

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