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News: Volunteers build the next Connected Earth gallery at Milton Keynes

Volunteer restoring the world's largest mobile telephone 

In Buckinghamshire, work is taking place at Milton Keynes Museum to renovate an existing building – to enlarge the existing telephone exhibits – to become a new Connected Earth display tracing the history of switching and transmission.

This display will open in 2013 and remain until a new purpose-built Connected Earth building becomes the central attraction in the museum. There will be many interactive exhibits explaining the development of engineering and switching technologies, along with working telephones and switchboards to complete the story.

The late Fred Stanford, a volunteer at Amberley Museum, acted as a consultant with the Milton Keynes team on how the new exhibition could be put together for maximum impact.

“Working as a volunteer at Amberley has been a genuinely fulfilling experience for me,” said Fred. “It’s allowed me to use technical skills I thought I’d never need again and I am delighted to help spread Connected Earth to Milton Keynes.”

Get involved

Whether you are a former BT employee or just keen to be involved by helping to preserve the country’s heritage why not consider becoming a museum volunteer?

Connected Earth partners have a variety of opportunities for volunteers to get involved in telecommunication history. Please get in touch with any of the following partners who are all looking for volunteers.

BT Archives

Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre

Avoncroft Museum

Milton Keynes Museum

Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

National Museum Scotland

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