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How does a carbon microphone work
Rollover any component in this activity to see what is is and click on it to find out more.
How does a telephone earpiece work
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Inside the communications satellite
Satellites need to operate in the most hostile environment - space. Find out what components are inside.
Inside the fax machine
Which bit does what inside the fax machine?
Inside the radio set
What bit does what inside the transistor radio.
Inside the telegraph
See what's inside the single-needle telegraph.
Inside the telephone
Take a look and see what's inside a telephone
Inside your mobile phone
The mobile phone is getting ever smaller. What components are inside?
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.

featured story

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...