In every museum collection there are a few objects that nobody can identify. This machine is simply recorded as an unknown instrument or tool and with no further information we have never been able to discover exactly what it does!
During Rise of the Machines we asked visitors to tell us what they thought it might be and we had some interesting suggestions from a device to peel fruit through to something to do with navigation but nobody knew for sure and so today it will be going back to its home in the store unidentified unless any of our blog readers can help!
If you missed your chance to see our orrery on display inRise of the Machines don’t forget you can still see our videos of it being conserved and then in motion on the Rise of the Machines playlist. The orrery is also being returned to a new home in our stores where it should be much more accessible for visitors to see it on our Stores Open Days so watch out for future dates!