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Sound machine

Sound machine

  • Date:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood and canvas with dried peas or gravel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Reverend Canon Brian Cook

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Canvas-covered wooden box containing dried peas or gravel, which pivots on a metal slat on a wooden base, to produce the sound of rain.



Materials and Techniques

Wood and canvas with dried peas or gravel


Height: 133.7 cm length of box, Width: 15 cm width of box, Depth: 15 cm depth of box

Object history note

This rain box, along with a gun rattle (S.386-2002) and a wind machine (S.387-2002), was used by the drama department of the Arts Educational Schools when they moved from Piccadilly to the Old Cripplegate Institute. Cripplegate Institute had a well-equipped theatre which was working in the early 1900s, originally including backcloths and wing borders. Some of the grid ironmongery and other bits of equipment were marked 'Britannia' so the donor felt it possible that the stage machinery also originated from the Britannia Theatre in Hoxton, which operated from 1841 until 1923 when it became a cinema.

Descriptive line

Wooden and canvas box for a rain machine used for theatrical sound effects at the Cripplegate Institute theatre. Perhaps originally from the Britannia Theatre, Hoxton, which closed as a theatre in 1923.


Wood; Canvas


Theatre and Performance Collection

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