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Merlin Engines

15/09/202115:33Leave a Comment

These objects are parts from a Rolls-Royce Merlin Engine. Sections have been cut away to reveal the inner workings. The Merlin Engine The Merlin was designed and built by Rolls-Royce. These powerful and reliable engines were fitted to many Second World War aircraft including the Avro Lancaster, Hawker Hurricane and the Supermarine Spitfire. Over 150,000 […]

Journey to the Spitfire

01/09/202115:5216/09/2021 10:53Leave a Comment

Reginald Joseph Mitchell was one of the leading aeroplane designers of his generation. He was born in Butt Lane, Kidsgrove in 1895 and raised and educated in Stoke-on-Trent. He designed 24 different aeroplanes during his prolific career, before his death in 1937 aged only 42. Mitchell’s designs ranged from commercial flying boats, made from wood […]

Cylinder Bank

01/09/202114:4315/09/2021 15:35Leave a Comment

Merlin Engine Cylinders This is a bank of six cylinders from a Merlin engine. Air and fuel are burnt inside the cylinders to move the pistons up and down. A crankshaft converts the up-and down-motion of the pistons into a round-and-round motion, turning a shaft connected to the propeller. The ‘four-stroke’ cycle: The piston moves […]

Hispano Cannon

31/08/202114:3915/09/2021 13:13Leave a Comment

20mm Hispano Cannon Early Spitfires had eight machine guns but they weren’t very effective against large, armoured bombers. Spitfires were quickly adapted to also carry cannons. They fired a 20mm x 110mm shell that exploded on impact. There were early problems fitting cannons to Spitfires. They had to be angled on their sides to fit […]

Nautilus in a Bottle – Potty Science Club

30/06/202109:0023/06/2021 08:15Leave a Comment

Hello and welcome to Potty Science Club session number 6! All our experiments are conducted in a home environment, not in a lab, and will be safe and simple using equipment and items you can find in your own home. The experiments will reflect on an item or exhibit held in the Museum’s collections. Today’s […]

Curiouser and Curiouser: The Trial

29/06/202111:5129/06/2021 11:57Leave a Comment

Chapter 9 The King and Queen of Hearts were seated on their throne when they arrived, with a great crowd assembled about them all sorts of little birds and beasts, as well as the whole pack of cards. A Knave was standing before them, in chains, with a soldier on each side to guard him; […]

Curiouser and Curiouser: The Queen’s Croquet-Ground

23/06/202111:5429/06/2021 10:52Leave a Comment

Chapter 8 A large rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden: the roses growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it, busily painting them red. As Alice approached, she heard one of them say “Look out now, Five! Don’t go splashing paint over me like that!” “I couldn’t help it,” […]

Curiouser and Curiouser: A Mad Tea Party

18/06/202115:0823/06/2021 12:52Leave a Comment

Chapter 7 There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea: a Dormouse was sitting between them, fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a cushion, resting their elbows on it, and talking over its head. “Very […]

Curiouser and Curiouser: Pig and Pepper

15/06/202111:5323/06/2021 12:53Leave a Comment

Chapter 6 For a minute or two she stood looking at the house, and wondering what to do next, when suddenly a footman in livery came running out of the wood, with the face of a fish and rapped loudly at the door with his knuckles. It was opened by another footman in livery, with […]

Curiouser and Curiouser: Advice from a Caterpillar

06/05/202115:1523/06/2021 12:53Leave a Comment

Chapter 5 The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence and Alice surveyed the jungle. In every direction she could see mushrooms, each with their own caterpillar inhabitant. Each caterpillar was different, there were spiky ones and stripy ones, and one that looked like a fluffy little moustache. The original […]