old stuff at the London Science Museum
A recent trip to the London Science Museum was all too short in duration. If you are an inventor, scientist, engineer or tinkerer, you will be very pleased to see the items in the museum. It would be easy to spend a few days in there, but with just one day available, I limited my viewing only to things that were 100 years old or older. Still, there wasn’t enough time to view it all, read about the exhibits and photograph things. Here are a few snapshots, and yes I know that it is time to get a new camera. This one will be retired and given to the kiddos!
This model of a workshop was built in 1850-1880. The placard reads:
Before the development of electric motors to run individual machines, sa shingle steam engine could power a whole workshop. This model shows how different types of machines would receive power from line shafts – although the engine driving them was usually located in a separate room. This overall arrangement continued well into the twentieth century. This model shows the types of machines you would have seen in the a general machine building workshop. Some small lathes would be worked by foo-treadle, giving greater flexibility than the line shaft. Rough preparation of parts and delicate finishing was done by hand at the fitters benches with vices. There’s also an enclosed area to store small stools and drawings. copyright London Science Museum.
A beautiful machine. The ornamental ball and wings are a very nice touch.
A Grout “Tension” bicycle of 1871, aka a penny-farthing. And a 1867 Michaux Velocipede
A view from the driver’s seat.
Can you see the three cylinder Buchet motor behind the bike?
An air pump by George Adams of 1761, made for the pleasure of King George III.
A silver microscope by George Adams 1763, for George III. The “Universal Double Microscope”