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Wartime communications
Throughout the history of telecommunications, most efforts have been aimed at encouraging people to use the service more. But in wartime, different rules apply.

The demands of military security and national priorities meant they had to be urged to use the service less - and with more care.
Postwar marketing
Britain emerged from the Second World War as a world leader in telecommunications, electronics and computer technologies.

It looked as though the post-war era would be a brave new age of scientific progress and creature comforts. But the reality - austerity, rationing and economic crisis - proved a little different from the vision.
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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...