About the collection at the National Museum of Scotland
The collections of the National Museum of Scotland cover life, the universe and everything in it. From science and art to nature and outer space. What influence has the rest of the world had on Scotland and Scotland on it? How has the face of the nation changed over the centuries? Answers to all the big questions (and some tricky littles one) can be found at the National Museum of Scotland.
Communicate! is an exciting gallery within the National Museum of Scotland - a magnificent Victorian building in Edinburgh. The gallery combines stunning displays with interactive exhibits. It tells the story of human communication - from the drums of Papua New Guinea to Scottish pioneer Alexander Graham Bell - inventor of the telephone - right up to mobile technology and beyond.
Here you can:
- See how fast you can text
- Find out what your name looks like in Morse Code
- Discover if you are a techno-phobe or a techno-fan with the future Communications Quiz.
Additionally, in Autumn 2002, Connected Earth funded a new permanent curatorial post to interpret and maintain contact with new developments, and provide a link between all the Connected Earth partners and sites.
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The perforator was used to punch holes in paper tape to represent letters. The tape was then passed through an automatic telegraph sender. This system operated at up to 200 words a minute. A telegraph operator tapping a Morse message by hand could manage between 25 and 35 words a minute.
This wall telephone has an earpiece and mouthpiece made by French telephone pioneer Clment Ader.
This wall telephone was made for the Glasgow Municipal Telephone system which operated from 1900 to 1906. The user would turn the handle on the side to ring the operator at the exchange.
This was thought of as a lightweight portable phone when it was introduced. It weighs 3 kilos and would give about 30 minutes of talk time.
The Admiralty ran a line of telegraph stations from London to Portsmouth in 1808. It took 15 minutes to send a message to Portsmouth and back (115 kilometres). One operator watched the next station through a telescope, whilst another worked the shutters with ropes to spell out messages.
This phone design first appeared in the mid 1950s, with a dial in the base. The Ericofon was one of the first versions of keypad phones when designed in 1967. This model came in brown, green or white and was made until the early 1980s.
The Dawn was one of the Special Range of telephones introduced in the late 1970s. All telephones were still rented from the Post Office at this time. Special Range phones cost more to rent but gave customers a greater choice.
Carrier pigeons were used during World War 1 (1914-1918) and World War 2 (1939-1945) to send messages back from the front lines. The message container attached to the pigeon�s leg is made of aluminium, a very light metal.
A replica of one of Bells experimental transmitters, which he used to send his first message Mr Watson - Come here I want to see you. Bell submitted a patent for his telephone on 14 February 1876.
National Museum of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland is a short walk from the city's main railway station - Waverley -and is also on a number of bus routes. There is a large public car park to the rear of the building.