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A new industry
In Britain, a vast state industry developed around telecommunications. At one stage, the telephone service employed around 1% of the whole of Britain's working population - about 250,000 people.

From 1911 onwards, the introduction of new technology into the network was the prerogative of government. This meant the pace of investment would be driven by national and political priorities.
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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...