Woman taking milk from a fridge, 1950

What's a video recorder, grandma? From hand-cranked washing machines to three-channel televisions, we've got a freakshow’s worth of yesterday's must-have gadgets. Catch them now: it might just be your last chance to see them in captivity.

Galleries

See the extraordinary range of labour-saving devices in this intriguing technological guide to the development of the modern home.

 
Exhibits in Making the Modern World

This unique, breathtaking gallery chronologically presents 150 of the most significant items from the Science Museum's collections from 1750 to 2000.

 

Events

Thomas Crapper experiments with a bit of plumbing

Come along and discover the world of toilets and find out where your poo goes when you pull the chain with Thomas Crapper.