On Display

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.

 
Remains of Stephenson's 'Rocket' (1829) on display, 2001
Rocket marks one of the key advances in railway technology.
 
Budding's patent lawn mower No 3157, 1832.

Lawn mower, built by J. R. and A. Ransomes of Ipswich to Edwin Budding's patent No. 3157 of 1830