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Initial impact of wireless
The wireless first impacted on the lives of professionals - mainly those whose lives were connected with the sea. It only took a few interventions by Marconi's new device for its potential value and effects to become clear to the whole world.
For the vast majority of people, 'wireless' meant broadcasting.

The newfangled box in the living room opened new worlds for millions of families as news, views, drama, music and comedy were for the first time all brought into the home.

The craze for 'listening in' began, starting a revolution in shared experiences that embraced the whole of society...
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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.

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...