This collection contains mechanical, optical, and electronic machines in the everyday world from early telecommunications devices to entertainment technologies and computers.


  • one of the largest collections of music boxes in the world
  • the first radar magnetrons
  • LEO 1, the world’s first business computer
  • Harwell Dekatron, the oldest digital computer
  • Birmingham-made components for the first trans-Atlantic telegraph cable to the large hadron collider at Cern
  • one of the country’s first industrial robots, and a unique button-making machine used by Buttons Ltd. These machines are 20th century examples of automation, begun by Heaton 150 years earlier.