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BT has adopted a new policy for heritage issues. The policy covers all BT related historical material, including three-dimensional artefacts and objects as well as historical archives and information.

The policy was endorsed by BT’s Board Community Support Committee in July 2004.

David Hay, head of BT's corporate memory, said 'BT has always recognised the importance of its heritage and the significance of the company’s role in the history of telecommunications in the UK. This new policy acknowledges the work the company is engaged in to safeguard this unique heritage and allows us to publicise the commitment we’ve made to maintaining it.'

The policy details eight commitments the company has made to look after its heritage. The key features of BT’s approach to managing its heritage are to maintain historical documents and records within the company, under the management of BT Archives, and to promote access to its physical artefacts online and at museums across the UK through its Connected Earth initiative.

Connected Earth is a £6 million investment by BT, to promote the widest possible access to its collection of historical communication artifacts, while ensuring proper standards of care for the collection.

March 2002

New gallery opened at Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station- Enhanced gallery opened at Porthcurno telegraph Museum

April 2002

Connected Earth launched by Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State forCulture and Sport, at an event at the BT Tower in London hosted by BTchairman, Sir Christopher Bland. Play the launch video and view the transcript

April 2002

Enhanced national telephone kiosk collection re-opened at AvoncroftMuseum of Historic Buildings.

May 2002

Prince Michael of Kent opened the new purpose-built Connected Earthgallery at Amberley Working Museum.

June 2002

Connected Earth website goes live - Alison Taubman, Connected Earth curator at The National Museums ofScotland appointed (a permanent position endorsed by BT).

April 2003

Chris Chilvers, Connected Earth research fellow at the Science Museum, London appointed (a three year position funded by BT).

October 2003

Sir Christopher Bland opens Communicate! - the new Connected Earthgallery at The National Museums of Scotland.

August 2004

BT publishes its heritage policy, detailingthe eight commitments it has made to look after its heritage.

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