On Display

Ammoniaphone, 'for voice cultivation by chemical means', English, 1871-1900.

Metal ammoniaphone, for voice cultivation, in box, invented by Dr. Carter Moffat, manufactured by Medical Battery Co., London

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

Cooke and Wheatstone two-needle telegraph in Gothic case, 1851.
Early Bell telephone and terminal panel, 1877.

Early bell telephone and terminal panel, 1877, used at Osborne Cottage, 14th January 1878

Stock exchange printing telegraph, 1907.

Stock Exchange printing telegraph, comprises:- (a) transmitter unit; (b) two receivers; ( c) power pack

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.