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Six bifurcated needles for smallpox vaccination
Public Health & Hygiene
Six bifurcated needles for smallpox vaccination, developed by Wyeth Laboratories, German(? ), 1975-1978
Kodak 'Brownie' Camera, about 1955
Kodak 'Brownie' 127 roll film camera, fitted with a 'Dakon' fixed lens, by Kodak Limited, England, 1953-1958
Orbitel 901 mobile telephone, 1992
Orbitel 901 mobile phone, manufactured by Orbitel, probably Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, 1992.
Minovlar ED combined monophasic contraceptive pills
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Combined monophasic contraceptive pills, "Minovlar ED", 2 wallets each with pill packet and instruction booklet, 1970
Sony 'Trinitron' colour television, 1969-1970
Sony 'Trinitron' colour television set, model type KV-1320UB, manufactured by Sony, Japan, 1969-1970. Serial No. 505704
Earthenware bleeding bowl
Earthenware bleeding bowl, glazed, graduated, English, 18th or 19th century
DLR No. 5 headphones from Wireless Set No. 38, 1939-1945
Headphones DLR no. 5 from wireless set no. 38 Mk. II serial no. 6319, unknown maker, British, 1939-1945
Motorola 'International 8700' mobile telephone, 1996
Motorola International 8700 mobile phone, made by Motorola, 1996. Model no. SUF3839A,
200 series dial telephone, 1925-1935
200 series dial telephone, black, dial marked with letters and numerals, unknown maker for the General Post Office, England, 1925-1935
Kenwood Sodastream, 1978.
Kenwood Sodastream model by Sodastream Ltd. of Peterborough with three bottles, 1978
Post Office telephone kiosk No. 6, 1936-1968
Post Office telephone kiosk No. 6, introduced in 1936, with crown motifs to top panels (the Queen's Crown of Scotland), designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott for the General Post Office, made by the Carron Company, Falkirk, Scotland, c.1971
Smiths De Luxe wristwatch worn by Sir Edmund Hillary on his ascent of Mount Everest 1953
Wristwatch by Smiths English Clocks Ltd. Steel waterproof case by the Dennison Watch Case Co. Silvered dial with a subsidiary seconds dial and signed ‘Smiths De Luxe'. 15 jewel lever-escapement movement. Cheltenham, England, 1953.
sample of the first transatlantic cable, 1857-1858
Sample of deep-sea portion of first transatlantic telegraph cable, manufactured by Glass, Elliot and Company, Greenwich, London, England, 1857-58. With outer wire armouring wound with a left-hand lay.
Sun-and-moon dial by Elias Allen
Sun-and-moon dial made by Elias Allen between 1607 and 1653 at his workshop, near St. Clement's Church, London. Engraved "Elias Allen fecit a Moone diall". It is callibrated for use at the latitude 51 1/2.
Raleigh 'Chopper' Mk2 bicycle. The Chopper is one of the most iconic children’s bicycles and was first produced in 1968. Its design resembled an American Harley Davidson motorcycle and was unlike anything on the market, its success also helped by the film ‘Easy Rider’ released in 1969. This is a Mark 2 Raleigh Chopper, first produced in 1971 in response to safety concerns, and differing most notably with un-adjustable handle-bars and a shorter seat with a warning that only one person should sit on it at a time. The Chopper Mark 2 continued to be produced until 1984. However this wasn’t the end of the Chopper, and it once again returned to shops in 2004 with the Mark 3.
Carpet gown, made from Brintons carpet, designed by Vivienne Westwood
Materials Science Gallery
Morning gown, made from Brintons carpet, designed by Vivienne Westwood; 80% wool, 20% nylon; backing of jute, polyester and polypropylene, plus conductive EVE latex; made by Brintons and Vivienne Westwood, 1993. The gown is part of a collection designed by Vivienne Westwood for Brintons '1783 collection' advertising campaign. It weighs 15kg and the back of the carpet had to be softened in order to manipulate it in to shape. Fashion seamstresses used Brinton's special carpet joining machinery to sew the thick heavy carpet to such a precise and fine shape.
BESM-6 Supercomputer, 1968-1987
Computing & Data Processing
BESM-6 Supercomputer: Registers Cabinet type BRUS with two glass doors, control panel and desk; Control Unit type UU with two glass doors, control panel and desk; Arithmetic Unit type AU with two glass doors, control panel and desk; Peripheral Control Cabinet, type UVU with two glass doors, control panel and desk; possibly manufactured by Moscow Calculating Analytical Plant Machines, Russia, 1968-1987
Siemens S6 mobile telephone, 1998-2002
Siemens S6 PCN P mobile phone, made by Siemens AG, Germany, 1998-2002. Serial Number: S30880-S1900-G140-1.
Prosthetic limbs for a child afffected by thalidomide
Pair of prosthetic limbs made for a child, Tracey Baynam, aged 11 months affected by thalidomide, made by J E Hanger, United Kingdom, April 1963
Carton of four Viagra (Sildenafil citrate) tablets, Sandwich, England, 1996-1998
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Carton of four Viagra (Sildenafil citrate) tablets, 50mg, with instructions, by Pfizer Limited, Sandwich, Kent, c. 1998. Anti-impotence drug which created a media storm in 1998.
Post mortem table
Anatomy & Pathology
Post mortem table ceramic, by Doulton, used until 1944 at the Rotherhithe Mortuary, c. 1925.
Crash helmet, made for child affected by the drug thalidomide
'Crash helmet', used by Eddie Freeman, a child affected by the drug thalidomide, made at The Limb Fitting Centre, London, 1967-1972
Cisco Catalyst 1200 switch, 1994
Computing & Data Processing
Cisco Catalyst 1200 switch, made by Cisco Systems, Inc., United States, 1994. Serial number: 62007011. London Internet Exchange
Green glass Woulfe bottle, Europe, 1851-1900
Woulfe bottle, green glass, European, possibly Italian, second half 19th century
Pill tile with four short legs
Earthenware pill tile, tin glazed, square and standing on four short legs, decorated with arms of a cardinal, Italian, 18th century
Votive male genitalia
Classical & Medieval Medicine
200 BCE-400 CE
Votive male genitalia, possibly Roman
Pair of artificial legs for a child affected by the drug thalidomide
Pair of artificial legs, used by Eddie Freeman, a child affected by the drug thalidomide, made at the Roehampton Limb Fitting Centre, London, 1967-1972
Passive component plate, type A3, for Sargrove sprayed-circuit radio receiver, 1936-1948
Passive component plate, type A3, for Sargrove sprayed-circuit radio receiver, made by John Sargrove, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, 1936-1948
Atlantic Telegraph Cable Souvenir, 1873
Section of submarine telegraph cable, made by the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company, Greenwich, London, England, 1873-1920. The cable was laid in 1873 and recovered 1906. It is encrusted with marine growth.
Templates from Crick and Watson's DNA molecular model
Metal plate representing the base thymine (T). Used in the original Crick and Watson DNA model.
Experimental model of Marconi's magnetic detector, 1900-1910
Experimental model of Marconi's magnetic detector with moving magnet, unknown maker, England, 1900-1910
Ekco model radio in phenolic plastic case.
Model AD36 Ekco radio receiver, 4-valve TRF domestic receiver in circular Bakelite phenolic plastic case, by E K Cole Limited, Southend-on-Sea; England, 1935
Table clock by Nicholas Vallin
Circular table-clock with calendrical and lunar indications made by Nicholas Vallin in London between 1598 and 1603.
Drinker-type iron lung respirator, London, England, 1930-1939
Drinker iron lung respirator, by Siebe Gorman and Co. Ltd., London, 1930s
Set of sixty miniature heads used in phrenology
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Wooden case containing set of 60 small phrenological heads, by William Bally, Manchester or Dublin, 1831
Amplion loud speaker with wooden horn, 1925
Amplion loud speaker with wooden horn, made by Graham Amplion Limited, Slough, England, 1925
Model of the SS Oceanic (1899)
Model, scale 1:64, of the White Star Line Royal Mail Steamer "Oceanic" (1899), original built by Harland and Wolff Limited for the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company Limited. She was the last British transatlantic liner to be launched in the nineteenth century
Alexander Performance Scale Test kit, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1946-1950
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Alexander Performance Scale Test material comprising: Passalong Test, Kohs' Block Design Test and Cube Construction Test with test cards and instructions in wooden case, made by Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd., Edinburgh, 1946-1950
Marconi Mark II television camera head, 1951
Marconi Mark II television camera head, made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company Limited, British, 1951.
Four scalpels and a hernia bistoury in case
4 scalpels and a hernia bistoury, steel, aseptic, in sterilisable case, various makers, early 20th century, military issue
Artificial heart from The Jarvik Aritifical Heart System
Artificial heart from The Jarvik Artificial Heart System, donated by The Papworth Hospital, c1980. Non clinical use only, not for implant.
Writing machine for blind people, United Kingdom, 1862
Printing & Writing
Martin's writing machine for use by blind people, 1862. The carriage of the machine is moved one space at a time when the printing lever is operated by the engagement of a pawl with a rack. On the carriage is mounted a circular disc with raised letters and perforated punches sliding vertically in recesses. The desired letter is moved into line with a pointer by the sense of touch, the operating lever is then raised and depresses a plunger which enters the appropriate hole at the opposite side of the disc to the selected letter. The plunger forces down the punch which makes a perforated letter in the paper. The paper is fed by rollers and a spring indent and ratchet and passes over a springy leather pad beneath the punch. It is reversed for reading, the shape of the letter being determined by touch on the rough edges of the perforations forming the letter shape.
Section of TAT-8 transatlantic optical fibre cable, 1989
Section of TAT-8 transatlantic optical fibre cable in display case, made by British Telecom International, British, 1989. Brass plaque inscribed:- 'Section of TAT-8- the first transatlantic optical fibre cable. Presented to the Science Museum, London, by Mr. Alan Jefferis, director, satellite and lines, British Telecom International, on 22nd March 1989'.
Double-current telegraph key, 1830-1900
Double-current telegraph key, probably made and used by the Post Office, British, 1830-1900
Thomson's Mirror Galvanometer, 1858
(Lord Kelvin) Thomson's mirror galvanometer (land type) used at Valentia Island end of the original Atlantic cable, made by White and Barr, Glasgow, Scotland, 1858.