Police sting

I happened across this BBC news report about a stolen bus brought to a halt on the M1 motorway by a police stinger. If you want to see a stinger up close, you’d be better off visiting our Making the Modern World gallery and seeing the one we’ve got on display, rather than stealing a bus:

Metropolitan Police stinger (credit: Science Museum / Science & Society)

Metropolitan Police stinger (credit: Science Museum / Science & Society)

Quite by chance, our stinger is on display right next to a piece of the M1 motorway:

Core sample of M1 motorway (credit: Science Museum / Science & Society)

Core sample of M1 motorway (credit: Science Museum / Science & Society)

And to complete this very literal interpretation of the news story, while you’re in the gallery seeing the stinger and the bit of motorway, head up to the Models Walkway display. There’s a neat early model of a London General Omnibus Company ‘B’-type motor bus. Introduced in 1910, this was the first really reliable and commercially successful motor bus:

LGOC B-type motor omnibus (credit: Science Museum / Science & Society)

LGOC B-type motor omnibus (credit: Science Museum / Science & Society)

Some say the B-type is the bus equivalent of the Ford Model T motor car, introduced two years before. There’s one of those in Making the Modern World, too…

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