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Model of Jenning's patent water closet, England, 1895-1905
Public Health & Hygiene
Working model of Jennings patent water closet, in case, ca. 1900.
scale with metal stand for Thompson mirror speaking galvanometer, 1858
Scale on stand, for Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, made by Elliott Brothers, Strand, London, England, 1858
Babbage's Analytical Engine, 1834-1871. (Trial model)
Computing & Data Processing
Analytical engine constructed by the late Chas. Babbage, F.R.S., (this was not put together when received and there are still many pieces, moulds etc. received in 1878, on exhibition in the gallery) Charles Babbage's calculating engines are among the most celebrated icons in the prehistory of computing. His Difference Engine No. 1 was the first successful automatic calculator and remains one of the finest examples of precision engineering of the time. The portion shown was assembled in 1832 by Babbage's engineer, Joseph Clement. It consists of about 2000 parts and represents one-seventh of the complete engine. This 'finished portion of the unfinished engine' was demonstrated to some acclaim by Babbage, and functions impeccably to this day. The engine was never completed and most of the 12 000 parts manufactured were later melted for scrap.
Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, 1858
Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, made by Elliott Brothers, Strand, London, England, 1858
Hopper feeder, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1949, and used at Bank Top Mill, Oldham.
Portable double-needle telegraph and test set, 1850
Portable double-needle telegraph and test set, with removable wooden cover, unknown maker, possibly British, 1850
Telstar maser assembly with magnet, 1962-1967
Telstar maser assembly with magnet, made by Mullard Research Laboratories, Redhill, Surrey, England, 1962-1967
Woollen shawl, made around 1880-1920, typical of the type worn by women and girls working in Lancashire's textile mills.
Brass amulet to protect the wearer from cholera, France, 1820-1880
Brass medallion involving the protection of St. Roch against cholera, France, 1820-1880
three-nail microphone, 1875-1880
French-nail microphone used by D.E. Hughes together with one small gauze-covered box, probably made by David Edward Hughes, England, 1875-1880
Silk scarf, `Festival of Britain' design, with Fes
Silk scarf, `Festival of Britain' design, with Festival emblem pattern, 1951
Wooden bowl, made of mango wood in the Philippines
Wooden bowl, made of mango wood in the Philippines, 1999.
Phillips 9140 'remote control' boot mounted mobile telephone, 1982-1987
Philips 9140 'remote control' mobile phone, designed for use with System 4, made by Philips, 1982-1987
'Channel' Band III television converter, type C2, 1955-1960
'Channel' Band III television converter, type C2, s/n2337, made by Channel Electronic Industries, Burnham on Sea, Somerset, England, 1955-1960
Red Cross fund-raising brooch made from Zeppelin wire, 1917.
Brooch made of wire from the first Zeppelin brought-down in England, mounted on card by the British Red Cross, presumably for fund-rising purposes, c.1917
'Control indicator group' unit for mobile communications, 1985-2010
'Control indicator group' unit from Ptarmigan communications system used by the British Army, made by Plessey Limited, England, 1985-2010
Paul F Gachet's door plate, France, 1870-1909
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Brass door plate, belonging to Dr. P.F. Gachet (1828-1909), French, 1870-1909
main frame, for Automatic Computing Engine (ACE) pilot model, 1949
Computing & Data Processing
Main frame, for Automatic Computing Engine (ACE) pilot model, made at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, London, England, and some of the valves by Osram, Germany, 1949. The construction of the (ACE) pilot model was based on designs by Alan Turing.
Solar charger for mobile telephone, 2007-2012
Solar charger for Okia G18 mobile telephone, made by Okia, possibly Dubai, UAE, 2007-2012.
Sargrove sprayed-circuit radio receiver experiment, 1936-1937
Sargrove sprayed-circuit radio receiver (experimental model), made by John Sargrove, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, 1936-1937.
Plastic syringe containing liquid collagen for cosmetic/plastic surgery, Europe, 2000
Plastic syringe, without needle, containing liquid collagen for cosmetic/plastic surgery, by the Collagen Corporation, Palo Alto, California, United States, 2000 (see note).
Apollo 10 command module, call sign 'Charlie Brown'
Apollo 10 command module, call sign 'Charlie Brown', by North American Rockwell Corporation, Downey, Los Angeles county, California, United States, American, 1969. Apollo 10, carrying astronauts Thomas Stafford, John Young and Eugene Cernan, was launched in May 1969 on a lunar orbital mission as the dress rehearsal for the actual Apollo 11 landing. Stafford and Cernan descended in the Lunar Module to within 14 kilometres of the surface of the Moon, the closest approach until Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin in Apollo 11 landed on the surface two months later.
boot mounted transceiver for Phillips 9140 mobile telephone, 1982-1987
Boot mounted transceiver for Philips 9140 'remote control' mobile phone, designed for use with System 4, made by Philips, 1982-1987
base station for 'Rabbit' mobile telepoint telephone, 1993
Home Base Station for Rabbit mobile telepoint telephone, made by Hutchison Personal Communications Limited, 1993
Deltaphone Deluxe telephone, 1979-1985
Trimphone with green leather cover, Tele SR 1016A S.T.C 79/1, made by Standard Telephones and Cables, British, 1979-1985
Self- striped printed muslin dress
Self-striped printed muslin dress, around 1830.
Model locomotive: Wooden; 2-2-2 locomotive No
Model locomotive: Wooden; 2-2-2 locomotive No.1 "A Watkin". Made for Sir Edward Watkin by the South Eastern Railway Workshops for his son Alfred
Sample of 1851 Dover-Calais telegraph cable, 1851
Specimen of Crampton's Dover and Calais telegraph cable, laid in 1851 and remained in use until 1875, made by R S Newall and Company, Millwall, London, England, 1851
Apple Newton MessagePad, 1993
Computing & Data Processing
Apple Newton MessagePad and stylus, manufactured by Sharp for Apple, Japan, 1993
Anova W8900 mobile telephone, 2008-2012
Anova W8900 mobile phone with space for two SIM cards, made by Anova, China, 2008-2012. Designed to imitate the Blackberry Curve 8900 manufactured by Research in Motion (RIM).
Antiference Band I (Channel 4) television aerial, 1957-1985
Antiference Band I (Channel 4) television aerial, "H" type, on mounting pole, manufactured by Antiference Limited, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, 1957-1985
Transistorized audio-frequency telephone line amplifier, 1954
Transistorized audio-frequency telephone line amplifier, probably designed and made at the Post Office Research Centre at Dollis Hill, London, England, 1954.
Memento mori ring remembering Augusta Bruce, Europe, 1701-1800
Gold memento mori ring, with oval setting which shows a flower and an inscription painted on a white background, beneath glass, possibly, glass, possibly 18th century
Slide rule for exchange of weights and measures
Slide rule by William Cary, 1815, for calculations in exchange of monies weights and measures
Telescope by John Yarwell.
Refracting eight-draw telescope made by John Yarwell, Ludgate Street, London, 1685-1695. Inscribed ‘'John Yarwell, Fecit’. The tube is decorated in gold designs on green vellum and features a royal coat of arms.
Grid slide from prototype Cox selenium-cell magnifier equipment, 1919-1920
Grid slide from prototype Cox selenium-cell magnifier equipment, possibly made by Kenwrick Cecil Cox, 1910-1920
Green plastic half frame reading spectacles, no ma
Green plastic half frame reading spectacles, no maker, made in France, 1960-1970
Coherer with coarse brass turnings, 1894
Coherer, coarse brass turnings in long glass tube bent at end, designed or used by Sir Oliver Lodge, England, 1894-1904. Paper label stuck round tube marked in handwriting ‘June 23 1894’.
Filings coherer, glass tube formed into T-shape at one end and bent round into U-shape at other end with bulb, 1899
Filings coherer, glass tube formed into T-shape at one end and bent round into U-shape at other end with bulb, designed or used by Sir Oliver Lodge, England, 1899. Paper label stuck round tube marked in handwriting ’17 / Jan 3 / 1899’.
Creamware plate, scalloped outer edge and decorate
Creamware plate, scalloped outer edge and decorated with a painted overglaze scene, probably English, late 18th to 19th century
Small frying/omelette pan, titanium non-stick coat
Small frying/omelette pan, titanium non-stick coating bonded onto aluminium base, made in Germany, SKK brand, 1999.
`Melaware' plastic butter dish
`Melaware' plastic butter dish, grey. English c1960-1970.
Hand printing block, pattern C7415, made by Stead McAlpin & Co. Ltd, Carlisle c.1840.