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Learn more about how this stuff actually works by exploring a range of interactive activities designed to be fun and informative.

   
Telegraph
Telegraph was the first device of the telecommunications age. It may seem primitive compared to today's technology....
Telephone
The telephone came about as scientists tried to squeeze more out of the telegraph; understanding how to influence sound and send it over greater distances to more and more people....
Wireless
Wireless was the next major step in telecommunication after the telephone....
Personal computer
Strictly speaking, the computer wasn't designed as a telecommunications device, but it has revolutionised communications to the point where it has become a personal communications centre.
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...