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Cables for communication

Telecommunications has used cables for over 150 years, and today the globe is spanned by millions of miles of them. The Connected Earth exhibition at Amberley Museum and heritage Centre tells the story of the amazing power of communication by cable – here is a taster.

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The different types of cable

The different types of cable
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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