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The first steps to a Connected Earth

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Telecommunications is the science and technology of transmitting information electronically over distance, using radio signals or electrical or optical lines. Telecommunications isn't a modern idea. The word comes from the Greek word 'tele' meaning 'far away'.

Experience life before it became a Connected Earth

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Life in the 1850s was very different. Study the pictures below, showing life at this time here and abroad, and identify the differences by making comparisons to the way we live today.

Slowly but surely making connections

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Scientists in the 18th century faced enormous challenges. Most worked in primitive conditions using basic equipment with little or no money. In 1861, Reis - the first man to transmit sound electrically - created a talking machine from the bung of a beer barrel; a piece of skin; a magnet; a coil of wire; a knitting needle; a violin and some platinum. This is in stark contrast to today's scientists working in well-equipped laboratories, with modern technology at their fingertips and financial backing from a company or sponsor.

pdf download of teacher's notes Communications Project Secondary Teacher's notes : Industrialisation and communication

Inside the radio set : which bit does what?

Inside the radio set : which bit does what?Inside the radio set
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...