On Display

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

 
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.