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Science Museum welcomes Brother’s last typewriter

End of an era
Tue Nov 20 2012, 12:56
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THE LAST TYPEWRITER made in the UK has been wrapped up and packed off to the Science Museum to become part of history.

A cake has been made to celebrate the end of UK manufacturing, and according to those present, the production of Brother's last typewriter was a solemn affair.

"The place which marked the end of UK typewriter production was Ruabon, at the Brother Factory set within the beautiful Welsh countryside. The factory's 200 employees witnessed the final model of the Brother CM-1000 being packed into its box to a soundtrack of emotional sighs and cheers," said Rachel Boon, assistant curator of Technologies and Engineering at the Science Museum.

"This object is the 5,855,533rd of its type to be produced but the only one which has a place in the Science Museum collection. Brother have kindly donated this last British made typewriter to the Museum."

Typewriters are iconic machines but they have been overtaken by word processors and computers. The Science Museum has a collection of 200 typewriters, and this latest and last model shares many similarities with its predecessors.

"This latest addition to the collection will enable us to tell the story of how technology has evolved and been shaped by our communication needs," added Boon. µ

 

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