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Avro Shackleton A.E.W. 2
Avro Shackleton A.E.W.2 reconnaissance aircraft, Military Service No. WR 960, made by A. V. Roe & Co. Ltd, Woodford, 1954.
Self acting spinning mule, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1927 and used at Elk Mill in Oldham until September 1974 when mule spinning operations there ceased.
Hopper bale opener
Hopper bale opener, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1955 and used at Bank Top Mill in Oldham.
Rolls-Royce 10 hp, two cylinder motor car
10 hp two-cylinder Rolls-Royce motor car, 1905. Reg. No. AX148; Chassis No. 20162; 10 hp
Type C crystal radio receiver
Type C crystal radio receiver, made by British Thomson-Houston Co. Ltd, Rugby, c.1925.
Model of a Power loom for plain weaving
Model, scale 1:3, of a power loom for simple plain weaving made by Messrs. Sevill and Woolstenhulme, Oldham, Manchester, England, 1857. This loom gives the most elementary kind of weaving in which weft crosses over and under the warps alternately and was the type used extensively for calico weaving. There is an arrangement for stopping the loom automatically if the shuttle does not reach its box after each pick, and if the weft should break then a weft fork device which is normally balanced to rest on the unbroken thread falls and operates cut off machinery to stop the loom.
'Leesona' pirn winder
'Leesona' pirn winder, made by the Universal Winding Co., Boston, USA.
Socata Rallye MS 880B G-AYTA
Socata Rallye MS 880B G-AYTA aircraft made in, France, c.1971
'Walkman' personal cassette player made by the Sony Corporation, Malaysia, 1995.
Towelling loom, made by the British Northrop Loom Co. Ltd, Blackburn, 1947.
Replica of the 'Baby' or SSEM computer
Computing & Data Processing
Replica of the 'Baby' or SSEM computer, built by the Computer Conservation Society in 1998. The original 'Baby' was the world's first stored-program computer and ran its first program on 21 June 1948.
Keracolor Sphere TV set
Keracolor Sphere TV set, made in 1970 by Group Systems (Keracolor) Ltd, Northwich, with associated archive material.
Rolls-Royce Avon 100 Turbine Engine
Avon 100 Series gas turbine engine, made by Rolls-Royce Ltd, East Kilbride, c.1950.
Arkwright's Water Frame
Water frame, water powered spinning machine made by Richard Arkwright, Cromford, c.1775, and used at the Arkwright Mills at Matlock Bath.
Radar & Radio Location
In 1942 the Telecommunications Research Establishment set up a team to develop a means of identifying bombing targets at night and in bad weather. This team was led by Bernard Lovell. Using the cavity magnetron, Lovell’s team produced a 9.1-cm radar that improved greatly the Royal Air Force’s bombing accuracy. Later versions of H2S used reduced wavelengths. The 1.5-cm wavelength set was able to detect rain clouds. This scanner was fitted to an Avro Vulcan B2 bomber. It is displayed on a servicing trolley. Former Air & Space Museum collection
Architect's model of S&J Watts' warehouse
Architecht's model of S & J Watts' warehouse, made around 1850.
Merlin 45 Aeroplane Engine
Merlin 45 aeroplane engine, made by Rolls-Royce Ltd, Crewe, c.1940. 12 cylinder arrangement with the lower dual ignition sectioned for demonstration purposes and fitted with electric motor to turn it around. Formally part of the UMIST study collection, this engine has been sectioned and motorised for instructional use. The Mark 45 Merlin was used to power Supermarine Spitfire III and V fighters.
Portable radio cassette player
Portable radio cassette player made by the Sharp Corporation, Japan, 1983.
Electric motor used by James J
Scientific Instruments & Research
Electric motor used by James Joule, c.1860. Armature original but the rest may be replica. This simple electric motor was used by the scientist James Joule for experiments about energy. Joule was a Salford resident and the son of a brewer. He was taught by the famous scientist John Dalton. Joule's experiments in 1845 led him to an new understanding of energy conversion. Research by Joule showed that electricity, mechanical work and heat are all the same thing - forms of energy. He used equipment like this to learn that formd of energy are interchangeable and that energy cannot be created or destroyed. Joule is remembered as one of the founders of modern physics. From 1948 the Joule became a standard international unit of energy measurement.
papermaking machine model
Model of a Fourdrinier-type papermaking machine made by Bertrams Sciennes Ltd, Edinburgh. On this machine, pulp or stuff passes through a rotary strainer before flowing over the brest box and onto the moving wire gauze. The wire is shaken from side to side to help interlock the fibres. The water drains out through the wire gauze as it passes over the rollers and more is drawn out by a vacuum suction box. At the end of the wire the wet sheet of paper is pressed and transferred to a moving felt blanket. This passes under a heavy marble roller to press the paper again. From this press the paper is transferred to another felt blanket and passed over cylinders filled with steam to dry it. To give a smooth finish, the paper may be passed through Calendar rolls before being reeled up.
AN/APS-20 Radar Scanner
Radar & Radio Location
AN/APS-20 radar scanner and servicing trolley for the Avro Shackleton A.E.W.2 reconnaissance aircraft WR 960 made by the Bogart Manufacturing Corporation, Brooklyn, New York.
Avro 707A Aeroplane
Avro 707A aeroplane, manufactured by A. V. Roe & Co. Ltd at Chadderton and assembled at Bracebridge Heath in 1952. Registration number WZ736.
Whitworth Planing Machine
Hand and Machine Tools
Planing machine, made by Joseph Whitworth & Co. of Manchester, 1842. Belt drive, three pullies, one loos in the middle, to drive the lathe in either direction. Table worked by the worm screw and nut. Parts of the automatic cross feed to the tool holder are missing, as is the original tool holder which probably was the reversing type. This machine was originally in the LNWR Crewe works, reputedly used for making horn blocks for axles. Presented by A Bebbington & Son, Culland Street Works, Crewe.
Lancashire loom, made by J. & R. Shorrock, Darwen, c.1880, and used at Pennington Mill, Leigh.
AI-24 Foxhunter Radar
Radar & Radio Location
Ferranti/Marconi AI-24 Foxhunter air interception radar, as fitted to BAe Tornado F3 interceptors, on serving trolley.
1909 Roe I Triplane
Replica of the 1909 Roe I Triplane, made by A.V. Roe Ltd apprentices, Chadderton, c.1952.
Model of South African Airways Boeing 747
1:72 scale model of South African Airways Boeing 747 made by Space Models Ltd, Middlesex.
Avro 594 Avian Mk IIIA
Avro 594 Avian Mk IIIA, civil registration code G-EBZM, two-seater sports biplane made by A. V. Roe Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester, 1928.
Ribbon loom with jacquard head
Ribbon loom, made by T. F. Wilkinson & Co. Ltd, Coventry, c.1900. Fitted on the top with Jacquard head made by J. McMurdo Ltd, Manchester. Used at Cash's ribbon manufacturers in Coventry.
Jacquard hand loom
Jacquard hand loom, made by W. Archer, Bolton, around 1910.
Ring spinning frame
Ring spinning frame, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1901, and used at Brooklands Mill, Leigh.
Set complete with houses used
Set complete with houses used in the filming of 'Bob the Builder'.
'Emidicta' dictating machine
'Emidicta' model 2400 dictating machine made by Electric & Musical Industries Ltd, Hayes, c.1955.
Hank Winding Machine
Cop-reel hank-winding machine, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1897.
P1A prototype experimental jet, made by the English Electric Co., Preston, c.1954.
Trident 3B 'G-AWZP' aircraft
Trident 3B 'G-AWZP' aircraft flight deck and nose, made by Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd, Hatfield, c.1971.
Roving frame, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1927, and used at Elk Mill, Royton.
System 2000 video recorder
System 2000 video recorder made by Grundig, Federal Republic of Germany, c.1980
Derwent V aircraft engine
Derwent V aircraft engine, made by Rolls-Royce Limited, Barnoldswick, c.1946.
Joseph Wright of
Painting. Sir Richard Arkwright (1732-1792), by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1790. Oil on canvas; 76.5x64.2cm in gilt frame 80.5x93.5x6.5cm. After the full length oil commissioned by the sitter, 1789-90. Commissioned from Wright by Jedediah Strutt, friend and patron of sitter; by family descent, the 'Belper' Arkwright; in contemporary Belper family frame. Portrait: HL looking to L, in red coat with striped yellow-green waistcoat.
Miss Windermere VI Powerboat
Miss Windermere VI powerboat, the world's fastest prop-driven boat: the fastest boat in history on Lake Windermere, holder of the British National Immersed Propeller Record and holder of the World Over 7000cc Water Speed Record. Built in 1993. There is an accompanying VHS tape showing successful speed record attempt, 17 October 2003, held in the museum archive, ref YA2007.30.
Treadle-operated 'Minerva' platen printing press
Printing & Writing
Treadle-operated 'Minerva' platen printing press made by H. S. Cropper and Co., Nottingham c. 1870.
De Havilland 4-Blade Propeller
This 4-blade propeller was made by De Havilland Airscrews, under licence from Hamilton Standard, probably for fitting to a 4,000-horsepower (3,000-kilowatt) Rolls-Royce Tyne turboprop engine. Four Tyne engines powered the Vickers Vanguard airliner and Merchantman freighter. These aircraft were in service between 1961 and 1996.