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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.
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.
Rolls-Royce 10 hp, two cylinder motor car
10 hp two-cylinder Rolls-Royce motor car, Reg. No. AX148; Chassis No. 20162; produced by Royce Ltd., Cooke Street, Hulme, Manchester, 1905.
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.
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.
'Walkman' personal cassette player
'Walkman' personal cassette player made by the Sony Corporation, Malaysia, 1995.
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.
'Bob the Builder' animation set
Set complete with houses used in the filming of 'Bob the Builder'.
Double-dialled longcase clock from Park Green Mill
Double dialled longcase clock from Park Green Mill, Macclesfield, made by E. Hartley, Macclesfield, c. 1810, includes clock and belts, pulleys and lineshafting.
Bakelite Type 232 telephone
Bakelite Type 232 telephone with Type 26 bellset and fuse, made in c.1934 and used in Horwich.
Keracolor Sphere TV set
Keracolor Sphere TV set, made in 1970 by Group Systems (Keracolor) Ltd, Northwich, with associated archive material.
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.
Model of a Fourdrinier-type papermaking machine
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.
Jacquard hand loom
Jacquard hand loom, made by W. Archer, Bolton, around 1910.
Architect's model of S&J Watts' warehouse
Architecht's model of S & J Watts' warehouse, made around 1850.
Dextralog selector box
Selector box made by Dextralog, around 1975, attached to textile looms by sensor leads.
Ericofon Model 600 Type SR1007B telephone, made by Telefonaktiebolaget L. M. Ericsson, Sweden, c.1980.
Hand painted Indian cotton fabric
Hand painted cotton fabric sample known as a palampore, made in India around 1700-1800, for export to Europe.
Cotton bale breaker
Cotton bale breaker, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1911 and used in the Textile Technology Department at UMIST.
Transistor car radio
Transistor car radio, made by Pye Ltd, Cambridge, c. 1960.
Lancashire loom, made by J. & R. Shorrock, Darwen, c.1880, and used at Pennington Mill, Leigh.
Loom shuttle, made in around 1930 by Pikington Ltd in Preston, has hand written label 'James Dewhurst June 1937', likely used in the mill of James Dewhurst in Clitheroe.
Hopper bale opener
Hopper bale opener, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1955 and used at Bank Top Mill in Oldham.
Crystal radio receiver
'Goltone' crystal radio receiver, made by Ward & Goldstone Ltd, Salford, c.1923.
Carding engine, designed by Richard Arkwright and used at Cromford Mill, Derbyshire, around 1800.
Black-and-white television made by Murphy Radio Ltd, Welwyn Garden City, c.1968.
'Emidicta' dictating machine
'Emidicta' model 2400 dictating machine made by Electric & Musical Industries Ltd, Hayes, c.1955.
Binocular stereoscopic camera
Binocular stereoscopic camera no. 12, made by John Benjamin Dancer, Manchester, c.1856 and probably owned by Joseph Sidebotham in the 1860s. Rear plate holder removeable. Focussed by turning milled nut on top. Fitted with a focal plate shutter as well as a front of lens shutter. Missing spirit level, brass plunger for changing plates and changing box.
Model SF 1100 fax machine
Model SF 1100 fax machine, made by Samsung, c.1990.
BBC Vision mixing desk
Vision mixing desk, made by Grass Valley Group and used in the gallery of the 'North West Tonight' studio at BBC Manchester.
Brush for cleaning textile mill machinery
Hand held wooden brush, used for sweeping cotton dust from machines and floors in a textile mill.
Video cassette recorder
Video cassette recorder with instruction manual and remote control, made by Matsui, 1988.
Water flask, around 1920, used by coal miners to take water or tea underground.
Cast iron Columbian printing press
Printing & Writing
Columbian hand printing press; cast iron with eagles and serpents moulded into casting. Lever operated, and painted black.
Carding engine, made by Asa Lees & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1896 and used at Moorfield Mill in Shaw.
Type C crystal radio receiver
Type C crystal radio receiver, made by British Thomson-Houston Co. Ltd, Rugby, c.1925.
System 2000 video recorder
System 2000 video recorder made by Grundig, Federal Republic of Germany, c.1980
Treadle-operated 'Minerva' platen printing press
Printing & Writing
Treadle-operated 'Minerva' platen printing press made by H. S. Cropper and Co., Nottingham c. 1870.
70-70F mass spectrometer
Scientific Instruments & Research
70-70F mass spectrometer, made by VG Micromass, Winsford, 1974 and used at the University of Oxford for research into the metabolites of cannabis, with associated manuals & research papers.
Telephone exchange master clock
Telephone exchange master clock, made by Gents of Leicester, 1958.
Hand-operated lithographic printing press
Printing & Writing
Hand-operated lithographic printing press made by Alex Seggie of Edinburgh, 1871.
Hopper feeder, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1949, and used at Bank Top Mill, Oldham.
'Leesona' pirn winder
'Leesona' pirn winder, made by the Universal Winding Co., Boston, USA.
Towelling loom, made by the British Northrop Loom Co. Ltd, Blackburn, 1947.
Cops of spun cotton yarn made on a spinning mule, around 1960.
Hand-operated printing press
Printing & Writing
Hand-operated printing press made by Adana (Printing Machines) Ltd, Twickenham.