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The computer age dawns : the secret pioneers
Some of the boldest early steps into the computer age were taken in Britain. Alan Turing, the father of modern computing, did his main work at Cambridge University before joining the team of code-breakers at Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes.
An electronic future : generation two ...
By the 1950s the new generation of computers had already made the first machines look primitive.

Solid-state electronics, based on transistors and silicon, were beginning to replace bulky and fragile glowing valves of the 1940s.

The future of telephone switching no longer belonged to mechanics and electromagnetism - but to electronics and digital pulses. Realising this was one thing - making the transition was quite another.
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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.

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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.

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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...