This gallery is often referred to as the local industries gallery and it is easy to see why. The great names of Players, Boots, Ericsson/Plessey are all represented here. These great companies all warrant a gallery to themselves but we just acknowledge them as part of Nottingham’s industrial past.
Along one wall is a series of wireless receivers (Radios) from the days when Radio 2 was the Light programme. In the centre of the gallery is a model spark transmitter, used to send morse code messages. Children enjoy tapping out their name using this equipment.
The Boots display has a number of vessels used by the Beeston factory as well as a display of some of their more familiar products. The vending machine attached to the wall, that contains the Players cigarettes has a price on it that would surely convince anyone who smokes today that they are burning money. In this gallery there are a number of reminders of the past importance of Nottingham as a centre for printing. An early printing machine by Thomas Cropper and Co, a line ruling machine as well as drawers for containing fonts etc all are part of the printing legacy.
On the right side of this gallery are a number of turret clocks. These date back from the time when Nottingham had its own time, four minutes and thirty three seconds behind Greenwich Mean Time. Time was only standardised with the coming of the railways in the 1830’s.
At the far end of the gallery is a ring of underground tunnel lining produced by the Stanton and Staveley Co. For many years they produced street furniture such as lamp posts, bollards etc, as well as drain covers for most of the municipal councils and these can still be seen in many towns and cities today.
The Morse Code equipment in Nottingham Industrial Museum's Communications Gallery is popular with many visitors but perhaps we need to add the story of Harold Thomas Cottam....Find Out More