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"I'd like to send a telegram please"

When you step into the Connected Earth gallery at Amberley, among the first things you will see is an old post office. From the 1870s to the mid- 1900s, one of the most popular ways to send a long-distance message was the telegram. A telegram worked like an e-mail or text message, but you went to a post office to send it, (or telephoned it in).

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Sounds of telephones

Sounds of telephones

Different types of telephone specials : the luxury choice

Different types of telephone specials : the luxury choiceDifferent types of telephones
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...