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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.
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.
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.
Portable radio cassette player
Portable radio cassette player made by the Sharp Corporation, Japan, 1983.
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.
Hopper bale opener
Hopper bale opener, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1955 and used at Bank Top Mill in Oldham.
Architect's model of S&J Watts' warehouse
Architecht's model of S & J Watts' warehouse, made around 1850.
'Walkman' personal cassette player made by the Sony Corporation, Malaysia, 1995.
GXC-40 cassette recorder
GXC-40 stereo cassette recorder, made by Akai Electric Co. Ltd, Tokyo, c.1972.
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.
Ericofon Model 600 Type SR1007B telephone, made by Telefonaktiebolaget L. M. Ericsson, Sweden, 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.
Telephone exchange master clock
Telephone exchange master clock, made by Gents of Leicester, 1958.
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.
Hopper feeder, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1949, and used at Bank Top Mill, Oldham.
Carding engine, designed by Richard Arkwright and used at Cromford Mill, Derbyshire, around 1800.
Cotton bale breaker
Cotton bale breaker, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1911 and used in the Textile Technology Department at UMIST.
'Leesona' pirn winder
'Leesona' pirn winder, made by the Universal Winding Co., Boston, USA.
Hand painted Indian cotton fabric
Hand painted cotton fabric sample known as a palampore, made in India around 1700-1800, for export to Europe.
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.
Set complete with houses used
Set complete with houses used in the filming of 'Bob the Builder'.
Model cupboard used as a prop on the Santa interior set from the 1993 Disney stop-motion animation film The Nightmare Before Christmas,' directed by Tim Burton.
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.
Water frame spindle
Wooden spindle, resembles the type used on a water frame, or could also have been used on a yarn winding machine, found at Murrays' Mills in Ancoats, during the archaeological survey of the site.
immersion suit blouse
Blouse from an immersion suit, made by P. Frankenstein and Sons Ltd, around 1945.
Cops of spun cotton yarn made on a spinning mule, around 1960.
EM2/1 electron microscope, mad
Scientific Instruments & Research
EM2/1 electron microscope, made by Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co. Ltd, Trafford Park, c.1947.
System 2000 video recorder
System 2000 video recorder made by Grundig, Federal Republic of Germany, c.1980
Hand-operated printing press
Printing & Writing
Hand-operated printing press made by Adana (Printing Machines) Ltd, Twickenham.
Black candlestick telephone
Black candlestick telephone No. 2 with transmitter no. 1, 1920.
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.
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.
Brush for cleaning textile mill machinery
Hand held wooden brush, used for sweeping cotton dust from machines and floors in a textile mill.
Bell from Liverpool Road Station, Manchester
Liverpool & Manchester Railway
Bell from Liverpool Road Station, Manchester, c. 1831.
Slotting machine, made by Sharp Roberts and Co.
Hand and Machine Tools
Slotting machine, made by Sharp Roberts and Co., Manchester, 1835. Constructed from cast iron on sort of arched frame design. Table with cross and front to back movements placed in middle with slotting arm above it. Three stepped pulley and hand wheel on drive cross shaft to gears on left with a secondary shaft working the slotting arm. Operating arms are missing from the cam to the rachet levers.
Woollen shawl, made around 1880-1920, typical of the type worn by women and girls working in Lancashire's textile mills.
Dextralog selector box
Selector box made by Dextralog, around 1975, attached to textile looms by sensor leads.
Carding engine, made by Asa Lees & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1896 and used at Moorfield Mill in Shaw.
Uher Portable Tape Recorder
Portable tape recorder, made by Uher, Munich, West Germany, c.1970.
Public telephone sign
National Telephone Company enamel sign for a public telephone, made in around 1905.
Black-and-white television made by Murphy Radio Ltd, Welwyn Garden City, c.1968.