On Display

Whitworth's self-acting screw feed reversing tool box planing machine, 1842.

Whitworth's self-acting screw feed reversing tool box planing machine, 1842. The planing machine cuts flat surfaces in metal components. This power-driven planing machine drives a cutting tool over the workpiece, removing a small amount of metal in a

 
Red Cross fund-raising brooch made from Zeppelin wire, 1917.

Brooch made of wire from the first Zeppelin brought-down in England, mounted on card by the British Red Cross, presumably for fund-rising purposes, c.1917

 
Cooke and Wheatstone five-needle telegraph, 1837.

Cooke and Wheatstone's earliest (five-needle) telegraph, 1837

 
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

 
Thalomid (thalidomide) capsules, 1999.

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

 
Bush television receiver, type TV22, 1950.

One of the most popular television sets in the early 1950s, this Bush television set has a 'walnut' Bakelite cabinet and an innovatory nine-inch screen. Bakelite was the first synthetic material used for television cases and was a cheaper alternative

 
Bush television receiver, type TV22, 1950.

One of the most popular television sets in the early 1950s, this Bush television set has a 'walnut' Bakelite cabinet and an innovatory nine-inch screen. Bakelite was the first synthetic material used for television cases and was a cheaper alternative

 
HMV portable gramophone, UK, c 1931.

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

 
Double A-frame sextant of 12 inch radius, 1788-1803.

Dated to the late eighteenth century, this brass sextant was made by the London instrument makers, John and Edward Trougton. With its tripod stand and telescopic sights, it was designed for use in navigation, surveying and hydrography. The sextant c

 
Raingo orrery clock, French, 1830-1832.

Dated 1830--2, this ornate planetary model was made by the Parisian clock makers, Raingo Frères. Called an orrery or more correctly a tellurium, it is a demonstration device to show the motions of the Earth and Moon around the Sun. It consists of a