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Connected Earth artefacts in the Galleries of Modern London

Historical artefacts from BT are on display as part of the Museum of London’s Galleries of Modern London, which tell the story of London and its inhabitants from the Great Fire of London in 1666 to the present day.  

Connected Earth artefacts on display include an original K2 kiosk transformed into a state of the art interactive exhibit and an electronic switching card from Empress, the world's first digital telephone exchange, built in 1968.

'We are delighted that BT's heritage is being showcased in a state of the art gallery in one of the UK's most popular museums,’ said BT head of heritage David Hay, ‘This is the latest example of Connected Earth investment in displaying the heritage of BT. Galleries of Modern London complements existing permanent Connected Earth galleries throughout the UK and really demonstrates that BT is committed to preserving its heritage for the nation.'

Professor Jack Lohman, director of the Museum of London added, 'The new Galleries of Modern London breathe new life into the Museum, bringing together over 7,000 objects including highlights from BT’s Connected Earth collection. They provide a home for the story of London – celebrating the unique spirit and energy of the city ahead.’

To add to the excitement a groundbreaking iPhone app has also been launched, bringing the Museum of London’s extensive art and photographic collections to the streets of the capital. Streetmuseum, developed with creative agency Brothers and Sisters, guides users to sites across London, where hidden histories of the city dramatically appear. Streetmuseum is free to download for 3G and 3GS iPhones. Go to for full details.

The Museum of London is open every day from 10:00am until 6:00pm, at London Wall, EC2Y 5HN.


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