Prosthetic legs in storage at Blythe House, Science Museum, 2007.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Due to lack of space and because of the size of the collection, more than 170,000 of the Science Museum's objects are stored in Blythe House, former headquarters of the Post Office Savings Bank. Many of these objects have never been on public display. These artificial legs were made between 1968 and 1972 for Eddie Freeman, a child affected by the drug thalidomide. They were made at the Limb Fitting Centre at Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton, London.