Curator Liz Bruton reveals the true stories behind the Victorian technologies of bicycles, steam trains, and cipher wheels depicted in the 2020 Netflix film Enola Holmes.
Dr Elizabeth Bruton is Curator of Technology and Engineering at the Science Museum. She has previously held roles at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre; the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford; and the University of Leeds. Interests include the history of communications, military history, museums, and archives. She also blogs at https://geekin9f.wordpress.com/
What connects the microwave ovens we have in our homes to the classified location of the BT Tower, the tallest building in London from 1956 to 1980?
Dr Elizabeth Bruton explores the life of British physicist Hertha Ayrton who was born on this day in 1854.
Dr Elizabeth Bruton explores more about how in the First World War, carrier pigeons were used to send short messages on land, in air, and at sea.
How did European co-operation between Polish, French and British codebreakers contribute to breaking the German Enigma cipher during the Second World War?
With the film Cats in cinemas, curator Liz Bruton explores its surprising link to Earth’s atmosphere.
Newly released MI5 files reveal for the first time that the Portland Spy Ring, one of the Soviet Union’s most successful spy rings in the UK, could have been caught four years earlier if the Admiralty had listened to the ex-wife of one of spy ring’s members.
Explore the life and work of civil engineer John Smeaton
Unexpected objects in the Science Museum Group collection related to Arthur Conan Doyle.
Thirty-three years since its official opening, Elizabeth Bruton considers how Thames Barrier is an outcome of mathematical modelling.