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Telecom buildings
Telephone exchanges always stand out in any town. Partly, that's a function of their distinctive look - which reflects the equipment that they housed.

Just as the equipment was standardised, so were Britain's 6,000 telephone exchanges, with a standard 'house style' that was adopted for more than half a century. Exchanges were almost unique in this - even railway stations tended to look different from one place to the next.

Throughout the history of telecommunications, numerous other buildings have stood out as particularly significant architectural and historical milestones.
Street furniture
The heritage and architecture of telecoms is everywhere - even down to street level. The network is all around us, requiring special artefacts to house it, signpost it and provide access to it.

What do all those boxes, cabinets and covers actually do? This is where you can find out ...
Telephone kiosks
Britons have had a long love/hate relationship with the humble telephone box - or 'telephone kiosk' to give it the right name.

Everything about the kiosk has been controversial at some point in its 120-year history: the design, the colour, the material, the availability and the locations chosen. The controversy raging now, in the age of the mobile, is whether we still need them at all ...
fun and games

Can you beat our games? Explode equipment to see what's inside, hear the changing sounds of telecommunications, see how telecommunications designs have changed over time or send an e-postacard.

what's on

The UK's first permanent gallery dedicated to the history of information and communication technologies opens in the new Information Age gallery at London’s Science Museum.

audio history

Take a trip down memory lane with extracts of the interviews which have been recorded as part of the Connected Earth oral history programme.

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100 years of automatic switching!
In 1912 the GPO installed Britain's first automatic telephone exchange in Epsom.

Discover the early days of the telephone...