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Cheapside, London, Looking East
A photograph entitled 'Cheapside, London, Looking East', published by George Washington Wilson, c. 1890. On the right is the spire of St Mary le Bow Church.
Men at Work in the London Brewery
A photograph entitled 'Men at Work in the London Brewery', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. Adams was himself the owner of Adams brewery, his family business in Halstead, Essex.
Woman wearing a plumed hat
A photograph of a woman wearing a feathered hat, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. This studio portrait photograph shows a woman sat on a tiger skin rug wearing a fur-trimmed dress and holding a fan.
Training Ship, 'Arethusa', Boys Manning Ship
A photograph entitled 'Training Ship, 'Arethusa', Boys Manning Ship', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in July 1900.
Woman with a miniature
A photograph of a woman holding a rose in one hand, a miniature portrait in the other, taken by James Arthur in 1898.
Dover Harbour Tug, 'Lady Vita'
A photograph entitled 'Dover Harbour Tug, 'Lady Vita', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in August 1898.
A photograph entitled 'Holborn Viaduct', published by George Washington Wilson, c. 1890. A man looks at the camera as he waits to cross the busy street. A shop on the left advertises Vaseline.
The Surveying Class in Calves Park
A photograph entitled 'The Surveying Class in Calves Park, University Farm, Impington', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in May 1901. The photograph shows the men using a theodolite at University Farm in Impington, Cambridgeshire.
Woman in a sequinned dress
A photograph of a woman in a white sequined evening dress, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. The woman wears a heavy pearl choker necklace. The train of the gown, trimmed with lace, is placed in front of her.
The Victoria Embankment
A photograph entitled 'The Victoria Embankment, London', published by George Washington Wilson, c. 1890. Construction of the Embankment began in 1865 and work was completed in 1870. It was built with the aim of providing a more modern sewage system for London, as well as easing congestion on the Strand and Fleet Street.
Backstreet in Calais or Dunkirk
A photograph entitled 'Back Street in Calais or Dunkirk', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1905. The photograph shows washing hung between buildings on a street in northern France.
Cat in Bed at the Schoolroom
A photograph of a cat lying in a bed made from two chairs covered with a blanket, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in May 1900.
A photograph entitled 'A Picnic', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in August 1899. The photograph shows a family, probably Adams' own, having a picnic on the beach at Deal in Kent.
Lord Kitchener leaving Deal Castle after calling
A photograph entitled 'Lord Kitchener leaving Deal Castle after calling', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in August 1902. The photograph shows Lord Kitchener (1850-1916) leaving Deal Castle in Kent.
Woman with a water jug
A photograph of a woman holding a water jug above her head, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. The woman in this studio photograph wears Classical-style gown and stands against a riverside painted backdrop.
Napier Arms Public House
A photograph of the Napier Arms public house in Halstead, Essex, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The photograph shows a group of children standing on the pavement outside the building.
Photographic print of Herschel's Forty-Foot Telescope, 1890
Photographic print of William Herschel's 40-foot telescope at Slough, in frame made from mahogany ladder rungs from the mounting of the 20-foot telescope used at Slough by William and at the Cape by John Herschel. Printed in 1890, one of 25 prints made from the first permanent negative taken by Sir John F.W. Herschel in 1839.
Braggs Guy, Trinity St., Halstead
A photograph entitled 'Braggs Guy, Trinity St., Halstead', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in November 1899. The photograph shows a group of men and boys carrying 'Braggs Guy', an effigy representing Guy Fawkes (1570-1606) traditionally burned on a bonfire on Guy Fawkes Day, in Trinity Street in Halstead, Essex.
One of the Adams Children Wearing Mask
A photograph entitled 'One of the Adams Children Wearing Mask on Roof of Brewery House', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The photograph shows one of Adams' children wearing a large gnome mask standing on the roof of their brewery, Adams and Sons, in Halstead, Essex.
Woman in classical costume
A photograph of a woman wearing classical-style robes, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. The woman carries lilies and wears a hat with a swan mounted on the top.
Woman with vase of flowers
A photograph of a woman holding a vase of flowers, taken by James Arthur in 1899. The woman in this studio photograph sits against a backdrop painted with a landscape view. She holds a large vase, the flowers strewn over her lap.
Football, Hazelhurst School, Frant
A photograph of boys playing football at Hazelhurst School in Frant, Sussex, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in September 1900.
Downing College Kitchen
A photograph of the kitchen of Downing College, Cambridge University, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in December 1901. A shelf of brass and copper moulds can be seen on the left, above a row of domed platter lids. A chef sits in the room, whilst another man sits in an office or storeroom at the back of the kitchen.
Halstead Fire Brigade
A photograph entitled 'Halstead Fire Brigade', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The Volunteer Fire Brigade in Halstead, Essex, was formed by Adams in 1878.
Turning Capstan at Deal
A photograph entitled 'Turning Capstan at Deal', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The photograph shows a group of women and children, probably members of the Adams family, turning the capstan on the beach at Deal in Kent. An old man pushes the lever whilst some small children help.
Halstead Brewery Wagon
A photograph entitled 'Halstead Brewery Wagon', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The photograph shows a wagon converted to look like a beer bottle, parked outside Adams' Brewery in Halstead, Essex. Edgar Tarry Adams lived in the house next to the family brewery.
J J Thomson's Electromagnetic Tube used in the Discovery of the Electron, about 1896
Electromagnetic (e/m) cathode ray tube, by Sir Joseph John Thomson, Cambridge, England, 1896. Part of the J.J. Thomson's original e/m cathode ray tube apparatus, for measuring the velocity of the cathode rays and the ratio of the mass of the carriers to the charge carried by them.
Radial Flow Parson's Turbine Engines
Original radial flow Parson's turbine engines, part sectioned, originally fitted to the experimental yacht 'Turbinia' (fitted in 1894 and removed in 1896), by Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Company Limited, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, England, 1894
The Ivel Agricultural Tractor
Ivel agricultural tractor on three steel wheels (front single, with solid rubber tyre; rear, straked), designed by Daniel Alborne, and made by Ivel Agricultural Motors Limited, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England, 1902, and two spark plugs by Lodge Sparking Plug Company Limited, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, 1913-1920. Engine: 2-cylinder horizontally opposed petrol. Believed to be the first 'production' tractor built by Ivel, and the first British internal combustion engine powered light agricultural tractor.
Early example of gramophone by Berliner, with ear tubes, horn, two records and one point stamped 'E. Berliner Grammophon D.R.P. 45048'. This gramophone consists simply of a turntable rotated by hand and a rather crude form of sound-box, fitted with a cardboard horn. The sound-box is mounted on a swinging arm which is pivoted to the base frame so that it can swing across the record as its stylus follows the grove.
Sectioned 'Little Giant' pneumatic hammer No. 2
Hand and Machine Tools
Sectioned 'Little Giant' pneumatic hammer No. 2, by the International Pneumatic Tool Co., Chippenham, 1902
Midland Railway locomotive number 1000
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam locomotive and tender, Midland Railway, No.1000 4-4-0 compound, designed by S.W. Johnson, built at Derby in 1902, rebuilt Derby 1914, withdrawn in 1951.
Picht braille typewriter, c. 1899
Printing & Writing
Picht Braille typewriter, c. 1899. The machine used 9" wide paper that was fed on a wooden drum. The keys were made of wood with metal dots indicating the dot position on the front of each key. The machine consists of six keys in a fan shape, which one can simultaneously press, every key presses the six Braille dots on the paper.
Welsbach type C gas burner, 1893 for upright mantle.
Upright type Welsbach type C burner of 1893, with clay orifice. With mantle fork and incandescent mantle.
Handwritten talisman, Ashanti people, Ghana, 1891-1900
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Handwritten talisman (personal charm), found by Sir Robert Baden-Powell during English Expedition, Ashanti people, Ghana, 1890s
'City of Truro' Steam locomotive
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam locomotive, Great Western Railway, 4-4-0 No 3440 "City of Truro", designed by William Dean, built at Swindon in 1903.
35mm Lumiere Cinematographe camera/printer/projector, serial number 254, with brass taking and projection lenses with Lumière thread, crank handle. Claw mechanism designed for Edison perforations, c.1896.
d'Arsonval electric chronometer, Paris, France, 1902
d'Arsonval electric chronometer, for measuring reflex reaction time, by Charles Verdin, Paris, 1902
Portraits of prisoners
A page from an album of criminal register photographs, taken by a unknown photographer at Wormwood Scrubs prison in about 1890. The criminals hold up their hands to show any identifying features, such as tattoos or missing fingers. A mirror placed on their right shoulder captures their profile.
Criminal record sheet
A page from a criminal record ledger compiled by the West Yorkshire police in 1903. The ledger contains portraits, personal details and criminal records of convicted criminals. This page is about Thomas Davidson, aged sixty-two of no fixed abode, who had a string of convictions for burglary, larceny and petty theft.
Imperial motor car
Motor car, made by the Imperial Autocar Manufacturing Co. Ltd, Manchester, 1904.
James White Lord Kelvin's pate
James White Lord Kelvin's patent portable polarised moving coil voltmeter, c. 1895
Lanchester Car No.2
Lanchester car No.2, 1897, with two-cylinder, air-cooled motor which drives the rear wheels through a longitudinal shaft and worm gearing.
Asquith Hydraulic Hoist
Lifting & Mechanical Handling
Hydraulic hoist made by Asquith, Manchester, c.1895.
Smith & Coventry Capstan Lathe
Hand and Machine Tools
Capstan lathe, made by Smith & Coventry Ltd, Manchester, c.1890.
Model of hygienic sanitary appliances
Metal model of a chimney like structure, khaki green. Sticker marked 25A. Part of a collection of small models of sanitary appliances, to be used for instruction in hygiene, in cabinet
Case for surgical instruments
Mahogany velvet lined case for surgical instrument set from surgical pannier, 1905 pattern
Detachable model of human liver
Anatomy & Pathology
Detachable human liver model, made of plaster, part of a life size female anatomical figure, c. 1900.