Medical research in a sound proof room, 1969, Roy Spencer © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL
A photograph of a student, Nina Morrison, sitting in a sound proof room. She is wearing goggles which can vary the intensity of light and listening to a bleep machine. She is helping with research to test a theory that sight and sound sensory systems leak information to each other.  

Medical research in a sound proof room, 1969, Roy Spencer © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

A photograph of a student, Nina Morrison, sitting in a sound proof room. She is wearing goggles which can vary the intensity of light and listening to a bleep machine. She is helping with research to test a theory that sight and sound sensory systems leak information to each other.  

William Morris, c. 1890, Frederick Hollyer, The Royal Photographic Society Collection © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."

So said William Morris, born on this day in 1834.

William Morris, c. 1890, Frederick Hollyer, The Royal Photographic Society Collection © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."

So said William Morris, born on this day in 1834.

Beverley Sisters Demonstrate Hand Jive, 21 January 1958, Terry Fincher © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL
The Beverley Sisters had lights clamped to their hands to provide these unique see-how-it’s-done pictures of the craze that has swept the country.
Every hand jive movement has a name. This one is ‘The Girl’. Two hands trace an hour glass shape and flare out at the end of the movement for the final off beat. 

Beverley Sisters Demonstrate Hand Jive, 21 January 1958, Terry Fincher © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

The Beverley Sisters had lights clamped to their hands to provide these unique see-how-it’s-done pictures of the craze that has swept the country.

Every hand jive movement has a name. This one is ‘The Girl’. Two hands trace an hour glass shape and flare out at the end of the movement for the final off beat. 

Henry Morton Stanley, c. 1871 © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
On this day in 1871, journalist Henry Morton Stanley began his trek to find explorer David Livingstone. 
It was Mr Stanley who reportedly uttered the words “Doctor Livingstone, I presume?” upon discovering the explorer in Africa.
But like many legends, there may be little truth in this claim. Stanley tore out of his diary the pages which related the encounter, and there is no mention of this phrase in Livingstone’s account.
Stanley’s biographer suggests he may have invented it after the event out of insecurity about his background. This would have been the proper way to greet Livingstone at the time since the two had not been formally introduced.  

Henry Morton Stanley, c. 1871 © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

On this day in 1871, journalist Henry Morton Stanley began his trek to find explorer David Livingstone. 

It was Mr Stanley who reportedly uttered the words “Doctor Livingstone, I presume?” upon discovering the explorer in Africa.

But like many legends, there may be little truth in this claim. Stanley tore out of his diary the pages which related the encounter, and there is no mention of this phrase in Livingstone’s account.

Stanley’s biographer suggests he may have invented it after the event out of insecurity about his background. This would have been the proper way to greet Livingstone at the time since the two had not been formally introduced.  

Professor Einstein with Commander Locker-Lampson, 24 July 1933, Leslie Cardew © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL
On this day in 1916, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity.
Here he is sitting outside a small wooden cottage somewhere between Esher and Cobham in England. He was the guest of Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson MP, who sits on the ground next to the professor carrying a shotgun. 

Professor Einstein with Commander Locker-Lampson, 24 July 1933, Leslie Cardew © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

On this day in 1916, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity.

Here he is sitting outside a small wooden cottage somewhere between Esher and Cobham in England. He was the guest of Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson MP, who sits on the ground next to the professor carrying a shotgun. 

Tyne Bridge, c. 1935 © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened on this day in 1932. But did you know that it was inspired by this bridge which links Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead?
Both were designed and built by Dorman and Long Co Ltd, of Middlesborough. 

Tyne Bridge, c. 1935 © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened on this day in 1932. But did you know that it was inspired by this bridge which links Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead?

Both were designed and built by Dorman and Long Co Ltd, of Middlesborough. 

Woman holding a Lucky Strike cigarette, 1939, John Hinde © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
John Hinde is the Science and Society Picture Library’s photographer of the month. See more of his work - in colour and black and white - on the SSPL website.

Woman holding a Lucky Strike cigarette, 1939, John Hinde © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

John Hinde is the Science and Society Picture Library’s photographer of the month. See more of his work - in colour and black and white - on the SSPL website.