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Making Telecommunications in the First World War

Communications in World War I

The First World War was one of the defining events of the twentieth century and telecommunications was a key strategic feature of the conflict. The war was the first multinational conflict to engage with electrical communications – telephone, telegraph, and wireless – as well as more traditional and well-established modes of communication such as visual signalling, despatch messengers, and carrier... pigeons.

At this conference, we wish to consider the development of telecommunications and how this was impacted by military demands and civilian innovations.

£37.50 (£30 concessions) includes a two course lunch.

Details of how to book can be found in our Facebook Events section.

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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.

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