John Nye: Meccano and science kits

John Nye recalls childhood play with Meccano and science kits in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Oh, I was furiously building with Meccano. And I had these instruction books, and there was a boy on the cover making the Forth Bridge. And I decided I wanted to be an engineer and build the Forth Bridge. [Laughs] And Meccano sets came in numbers. You started with number one, I suppose, I think I started with number two. Then you got number two A, which built you up to a three. And then three A built you up to a four. And I got as far as six, and I desperately wanted a six A because then I’d be able to build a motor car and a slot machine, which worked. And I never got a six A, which would have brought me up to a seven. I got a few extras, actually, like motor car tyres, erm, in order to build one or two of the number seven things. But that was the sort of thing that I was keen on. And my brother was given a chemistry set and I was given an electrical set. He became a chemist and I became a physicist.

  • Interviewee John Nye
  • Duration 00:01:21
  • Copyright British Library Board
  • Interviewer Paul Merchant
  • Date of interview 6/4/2010
  • Shelfmark C1379/22
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