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Wheatstone ABC telegraph receiver, 1942
ABC telegraph receiver, invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone, unknown maker, England, 1842
six-stage super heterodyne receiver processed on the ECME system, 1936-1955
Six-stage super heterodyne receiver processed on the ECME system, probably made by Sargrove Electronics Ltd, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, 1936-1955
Radio equipment comprising:- one-valve, home-constructed self-excited transmitter
Radio equipment comprising:- one-valve, home-constructed self-excited transmitter, made by Alan T Lee, founding member of the Derby Wireless Club, Derby, Derbyshire, England, 1922-1923
Technophone 'EXCELL PC105T' mobile telephone, 1986
Technophone EXCELL PC105T mobile telephone, manufactured by Technophone Limited, Camberley, Surrey, England, 1986.
Red Cross dog collar, Berlin, Germany, 1914-1918
Red Cross dog collar, leather with metal fittings, plastic Red Cross labels, by A. Kassner of Berlin, 1914 to 1918
Clay tobacco pipe, Paris, France, 1840-1910
Clay tobacco pipe, tip of mouthpiece missing, bowl in form of skull, glass eye, one missing, nose bone, teeth touched up in white, short carved wood stem, by Gambier of Paris, French 1840-1910
Cocked hat, France, 1790-1831
Cocked hat, beaver, belonging to military surgeon, French, 1790-1831
Willis world clock, 1929-1935
Example of the Willis world clock, with winding key (for showing local time in any part of the world), patented by John Henry Willis in 1929, made by J. H. Willis and Company, Norwich, England, 1929-1935.
Portable double-needle telegraph and test set, 1850
Portable double-needle telegraph and test set, with removable wooden cover, unknown maker, possibly British, 1850
Crossley telephone receiver, 1880
Telephone receiver, Crossley's patent 1880, unknown maker, British, 1880.
submarine cable laid across the River Medina, 1878
Submarine telegraph cable laid across the River Medina, Isle of Wight, 1878, recovered 1977. Believed used in A.G. Bell's telephone experiment between Cowes and Osborne House.
Henley needle galvanometer, 1855-1860
Henley needle galvanometer used in receiving the first telegraphic message transmitted across the Atlantic Ocean, made by W T Henley, British, around 1858.
Pioneers of Electric Telegraphy at the British Association
Framed photograph of 'Pioneers of Electric Telegraphy at the British Association Birmingham 1865', unknown maker, British, 1865
Human skull, marked with phrenological divisions, United Kingdom, 1821-1899
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Human skull, marked with phrenological divisions, from the British Phrenological Society.
Britannia telephone wire joint specimen, 1900-1980
Specimen of Britannia Joint for joining heavy-gauge telephone wire, unknown maker, probably British, 1900-1980
Hand perforator and copy stand for Wheatstone automatic telegraph system, 1890-1910
Hand perforator and copy stand for Wheatstone automatic telegraph system, invented by Charles Wheatstone, unknown maker, probably British, 1890-1910. Wheatstone two unit stickpunch with paperslip dispenser.
Home-made equipment for 30-line television reception, 1929-1935
Home-made equipment for 30-line television reception, unknown maker, British, 1929-35. Comprises Nipkow disc, neon lamp, viewing lens, phonic-wheel unit, home recorded discs of signals, square punch for Nipkow disc).
'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
Post Office 706 telephone, 1958-1960
Ivory 706 telephone, made by the General Electric Company for the General Post Office, British, 1958-1960
MC218 personal digital assistant, 1997-2006
Computing & Data Processing
MC218 personal digital assistant (PDA) with stylus, sold by Ericsson, manufactured by Psion and also sold as a Psion Series 5. British, 1997-2006
Two-wire telephone repeater, 1923-1925
Two-wire telephone repeater, made by Standard Telephones and Cables in collaboration with Western Electric Company, British, 1923-1925
Wall telephone with Blake transmitter, 1880-1900
Wall telephone with Blake transmitter, unknown maker, possibly the United Telephone Company, British, 1880-1900
Brooch in the shape of a horseshoe with a riding crop, United Kingdom, 1914-1918
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Amulet, tin, gilt, brooch in form of shoe and riding crop on horseshoe, reputedly worn by soldier of the Middlesex Regiment, from Lovett collection, British, 1914-1918
Specimen of telegraph cable laid in Birmingham in 1856
Specimen of early telegraph cables laid in Birmingham in 1856, unearthed in 1898, unknown maker, British, 1856. 12 gutta-percha covered copper wires, each wire being around 1.67mm in diameter, making it most likely a No. 16 gauge wire of the period. The gutta-percha covering makes each wire 5.6mm in diameter
Standard morse key, 1880-1950
Standard Morse key 1222, made for the General Post Office, unknown maker, British, 1880-1950
gutta-percha hearing aid, 1840-1910
Gutta percha hearing aid, unknown maker, English, 1840-1910. Once the property of Dr. Laidlaw Purves.
Writing machine for blind people, United Kingdom, 1862
Printing & Writing
Martin's writing machine for use by blind people, 1862
Hollerith 45 column horizontal electrical sorting machine, 1920-1930
Computing & Data Processing
Hollerith horizontal electrical sorting machine, no.7407, 45 column, invented by Herman Hollerith, and made by British Tabulating Machine Company Limited, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England, 1920-1930
CT2 wireless telephone test bed module representing base station, 1988
CT2 Test Bed Module representing base station, British Telecom Research Laboratories, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, 1988. Used for the development of a Telepoint system conforming to a Common Air Interface Standard with cellular radio networks, by British Telecom, UK, 1988
microphone from 'Oscar One' CB transceiver, 1980-1983
Microphone from `Oscar One' 27 MHz f.m. CB mobile/base radio transceiver, manufactured by South Midlands Communications Limited, Eastleigh, Hampshire, England, 1980-1983
Sinclair Cambridge pocket calculator
Computing & Data Processing
Sinclair Cambridge Electronic Pocket Calculator
Print, 'Searching Fault' scene on 'Great Eastern' during the laying of the first Atlantic cable, 1865-1867
Coloured print of Robert Charles Dudley's 'Searching Fault' (scene on "Great Eastern" during laying of the first Atlantic cable), printed by Day and Son Limited, Camden, London, England, 1865-1867. Full title of the print is 'Searching for a fault after recovery of the cable from the bed of the Atlantic July 31st'
Print, 'Interior Tanks', a scene on 'Great Eastern' during the laying of the first Atlantic cable, 1865-1867
Coloured print of Robert Charles Dudley's 'Interior Tanks' (scene on "Great Eastern" during laying of the first Atlantic cable), printed by Day and Son Limited, Camden, London, England, 1865-1867. Full title of the work is 'Interior of one of the tanks aboard the Great Eastern - cable passing out'.
Official UK copy of the Bonn GSM mobile phone agreement, 1987
Official UK copy of the Bonn political declaration between the Ministers of France, Germany, Italy and the UK to support the GSM mobile phone specification in their respective countries and calling for the drawing up of the GSM MoU, signed by Geoffrey Pattie (UK), R Panella (Italy), Marcel Roulet (France) and Christian Schwarz-Schilling (Germany), in Bonn, Germany, 1987
Machine used for covering wires with silk and cotton, 1837
Machine used for covering wires with silk and cotton for electrical purposes, made by W T Henley, Whitechapel, London, England, 1837
Pye 'Cambridge International' 11-band broadcast receiver, 1953
Pye 'Cambridge International' 11-band broadcast receiver, type PE80, made by Pye Limited, Cambridge, England, 1953
Model of wire screen in octagonal frame used by Heinrich Hertz, 1949
Model (scale 1:4) of wire screen in octagonal frame used by Heinrich Hertz, made by the Science Museum Workshops, South Kensington, London, England, 1949
Portion of the first submarine cable between Dover and Calais, 1850
Portion of the first submarine cable laid between Dover and Calais, made by the Gutta Percha Company, Islington, London, England, 1850.
Cherry editing keyboard, 1979-1994
Editing Keyboard Type UB80-0023, by Cherry GmbH, possibly Germany, 1979-1994. Serial No 4486.
Nokia 1011 mobile telephone, 1992-1994
Nokia 1011 mobile phone, manufactured by Nokia, Germany, 1992-1994. An example of the first mass produced phone to be available for use on the GSM digital mobile networks.
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
Moulded plastic leg bone showing orthopaedic appliances, Europe, 1975-1985
Plastics and Modern Materials
Skeletal leg made from polyurethane foam bones with hip replacement and spare hip prosthesis, knee replacement, nylon bone splint, carbon fibre epoxy resin bone splint, both attached by stainles steel screws
BBC L1 lip microphone, 1937-1960
L1 lip microphone, manufactured by Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Limited for the BBC, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1937-1960
Siemens 'C35i' mobile telephone, 2000-2003
Siemens C35i WAP mobile phone, manufactured by Siemens, Germany, 2000-2003
Portable electrocardiograph, Cambridge, England, 1929
Portable electrocardiograph machine, No.C129668, by the Cambridge Instrument Co. Ltd., 1929.
Electroconvulsive therapy machine, 1940-1945
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) machine made in the early 1940s by Edison Swan Co. Ltd. to the specifications of W Grey Walter and used at the Burden Neurological Institute. Designed to give an electrical stimulus from the AC mains supply at a voltage varying from 60 to 150 volts, for a short preset period of time of typically 0.2 seconds. Use of this machine was discontinued in the 1970s. Serial no. SS35. Edison Swan labels appear to be apinted over. GRS stamped on one of the electrodes
stock exchange automatic telegraph, 1872-1880
Stock exchange automatic telegraph, made by Thomas Edison, Menlo Park, New Jersey, United States, 1872-1880
Timepiece components from 'Empire' clock, 1909
Brass ball and curved rod sun arm and cursor fretwork band, both accessory components from 'Empire' type world clock for indicating the time around the globe (see note), unknown maker, France, 1909