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Gold plated BBC Micro personal computer
Computing & Data Processing
Gold plated BBC Micro computer with two 1-megabyte disc drives and keyboard, made by Acorn Computers Limited, Cambridge, England,1985. From 'The Micro User' competition.
replica of the satellite Telstar 1 from 1962, 1982
Full-scale replica of the Telstar 1 communications satellite original made by Bell Systems and launched in 1962, made by the Aeronautical and General Instruments Company, Croydon, England, 1982.
Statue of St Mary Magdalene
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Wooden figure of saint Mary Magdalene as a penitent, invoked against plague, ulcers and for children slow or weak, possibly Spanish, 1601-1750
Amputation saw, Europe, 1501-1600
Amputation saw, 16th century, wrought iron and steel
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.
Diesel Railcar No 4, 1934, Great Western Railway
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railcar, diesel railcar No 4, with buffet, Great Western Railway, 1934. Length 60' 6"; width 9' 7 1/2"; height 12' 9 1/2".
Silver microscope by George Adams, c. 1761.
Silver ‘Universal Double Microscope’ with ornate decoration by George Adams the Elder, Fleet Street, London, c. 1763. The drawer in the base contains several accessories: an alternative eyepiece and eye cap, a stand for the jointed arm, three sets of objectives, talc discs for slides, a fishplate with a glass slide attached, three magnifiers, a pair of stage forceps, a live box, a pair of tweezers and a nosepiece.
One of Fleming's first thermionic diode valves, 1889
Thermionic valve, one of three original examples, by Sir John Ambrose Fleming, London, England, 1904. This valve uses a lamp with a flat concertina wire filament, by Edison & Swan United Electric Company, London, England, 1889.
Prototype of the Brougham carriage
Known as the prototype or the original Brougham carriage, a comparatively low, light and manoeuvrable design of closed passenger-carrying vehicle drawn by a single horse. The carriage was designed for and made popular by Henry Brougham, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain 1830–1834 and political activist for education and legal reform and the abolition of slavery. Lord Brougham was also a co-founder and prolific contributor to the Edinburgh Review, one of the most influential publications of the 19th century, covering topics from Science to poetry. The Brougham carriage and the Clarence, developed from it, were the most popular type of closed carriage built. They influenced the design of other carriage styles throughout the rest of the 19th century and even cars into the 20th century.
'Digit Al' soft toy, 2008
'Digit Al' doll, designed by Abbot Mead Vickers BDDO, unknown maker, 2008. Produced to promote the digital television switchover.
Arrow Spyce mountain bicycle, 1997
Arrow Spyce, cross country mountain bicycle, Villiger AG, Switzerland, 1997.
Photograph of actress Hedy Lamarr in the 1933 film 'Ecstasy'
Scene still photograph of Hedy Kiesler (Hedy Lamarr) and Leopold Kramer in the 1933 Czech-Austrian film 'Ecstasy' (directed by Gustav Machatý).
Improved Patent Magneto Electric Machine for nervous diseases
Improved Patent Magneto Electric Machine for nervous diseases, dynamo with steel magnet and brass and ebony terminals to apply to patient, all in polished wood case dated, unsigned, Europe, 1862
Royal Leamington Spa
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Poster, British Railways (Western Region), The Historic Heart of England - Royal Leamington Spa. With a map of the heart of England, with Leamington Spa highlighted accompanied by a picture of the town. Format, double royal.
Packet for 'Tenner' cigarettes
Packet for 'Tenner' medium cigarettes, large size, by W A and A C Churchman Limited, Suffolk, England, 1920-1950
'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.
NER 0-6-0 '1001' class steam locomotive and tender, No 1275, 1874
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam locomotive and tender, No 1275, Class 1001 long boiler, 0-6-0, built for North Eastern Railway, designed by William Booch who developed Stephenson’s original ‘long boiler’ design, built at Dubs & Co. Glasgow in 1874, withdrawn in 1923. Length over buffers: 48' 6"; weight: 35 tons; driving wheels 5 feet, 6 inches.
Siemens 'C35i' mobile telephone, 2000-2003
Siemens C35i WAP mobile phone, manufactured by Siemens, Germany, 2000-2003
Culpeper microscope with boxfoot made by George Adams in 1738
Maudslay 's Lord Chancellor bench micrometer
Micrometer made by Henry Maudslay about 1805.
Bragg X-ray spectrometer, England, 1910-1926
Original Bragg x-ray spectrometer, developed by William Bragg at Leeds University, 1910-1926
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.
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.
Marconi coherer and Admiralty pattern decoherer, 1900-1910
Marconi coherer and Admiralty pattern decoherer, unknown maker, British, 1900-1910
Trough battery, 1801-1838
Electricity and Magnetism
Original Cruickshank's galvanic "Trough" or battery, made by R & G Knight, London, England, 1801-1838
Back bar for Boyle's type anaesthetic machine, London, England, 1941-1963
Back bar for Boyle's type anaesthetic machine with vaporisers for ether and trilene, flowmeters for oxygen, cyclopropane and nitrous oxide and rebreathing bag, by the British Oxygen Company, Ltd., London, 1941-1963
Wall mounted amusement arcade machine
Public Health & Hygiene
Amusement arcade machine, for wall mounting, with central targets marked either 'won' or 'lost', activated via penny (1d) slot and rewarded winning players with a cigarette payout, no maker indicated but probably made in UK, c. 1930-1940.
Hopper bale opener
Hopper bale opener, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1955 and used at Bank Top Mill in Oldham.
Gas mask, Germany, 1915-1918
Public Health & Hygiene
Gas mask with metal container, leather, German make, 1915-1918
Swan electric lamp
Early carbon and rod filament incandescent electric lamp, by Sir Joseph Wilson Swan, England, 1878-1879
Doncaster Works Collection
Photographic Collections (Railway)
Photographs, a collection of approximately 11,450 silver gelatin glass negatives, predominantly 6½ x 4¾ ins and 8½ x 6½ ins, also 12 x 10 ins to 20 x 16 ins, and approximately 1,050 cellulose nitrate and triacetate safety negatives, 35 mm to 3½ x 2½ ins. Featuring construction and repair of locomotives, carriages and wagons for the Great Northern, London & North Eastern and British Railways, together with road vehicles, munitions manufacture during First World War, people, events, c1896-1967. The work of Bagshaw & Son and official photographers based at Doncaster Works. Complete with four registers. Known as the Doncaster Works Collection.
Bottle for 'Veronal' powder
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Glass dispensing bottle with glass stopper for 'Veronal' brand powdered diethylbarbituric acid, with traces remaining. 96 mm x 45 mm, .11 kg. Made by Bayer Product Limited, German, 1903-1950.
'The First Years' 'Friendly Floatee', plastic duck, 1990-1992
Toy, 'The First Years' 'Friendly Floatee', yellow plastic duck, swept overboard in North Pacific in 1992 and washed up in Sitka, Alaska. Used by Curtis Ebbesmeyer and other oceanographers, to track drift patterns.
Theodolite used for the Principal Triangulation of Great Britain
Main part of three-foot geodetic theodolite, sometimes called the ‘great Theodolite’, used for the Principal Triangulation of Great Britain. Made by Jesse Ramsden, Piccadilly, London, 1791.
Full-size replica of British Railways 'Duke of Gloucester' cab
Locomotives and Rolling Stock Components
Replica locomotive cab, British Railways, full-size cab from British Rail Class 8P Loco No.71000 'Duke of Gloucester'.
Jacquard hand loom
Jacquard hand loom, made by W. Archer, Bolton, around 1910.
Specimen of the first transatlantic telephone cable, 1956
Specimen of the first transatlantic telephone cable, intermediate type or shore portion, made by Submarine Cables Limited, Erith, London, England, 1956.
Analogue music synthesizer.
VCS 3 music synthesizer made by Electronic Music Studios, London Limited, London, England, 1970
Leather belt with keys, used by State Registered Mental Nurse
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Leather belt, with keyring attached, used by State Registered Mental Nurse, England, mid 20th century
Wax model of a female human head, Germany, 1801-1900
Anatomy & Pathology
Wax model of female human head showing internal structure of skull, eye and face muscles, German(?), 19th century
Wooden Kareau statue
Kareau figure of carved and painted wood, anthropomorphic, representing standing male with wings and European clothes, from Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal, 1880-1925
Model of Leeuwenhoek's microscope
Model of Leeuwenhoek's simple microscope, from Leyden
Model of the ‘Optimus’ water closet, England
Model of the 'Optimus' patent water closet, invented by Stevens Hellyer and made by Dent & Hellyer Limited, British, 1870
Reis telephone transmitter, 1863
Reis telephone transmitter, made by J W Arnold, Frankfurt, Germany, 1863
Claxton ear cap, England, 1925-1945
One of three corrective ear cap of pink ribbon, elastic and net in box, patented by Claxton, English, 1925-1945
'Snoopy' telephone, 1981-1989
Snoopy Telephone, model number TSR 8014A EET 81/1, made by Plessey, British, 1982-1989. Dial telephone with a figure of Snoopy holding the telephone handset.
‘Dalkon shield’ intra-uterine device
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Intrauterine devices, "Dalkon shield", plastic, 1 of 2, 1970-1981