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News: new Information Age gallery opens

Queen at the official opening of the gallery

The Queen has sent her first royal tweet under her own name to declare a BT-sponsored gallery open.

BT Group chief executive Gavin Patterson was presented to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the official opening of the Science Museum’s Information Age gallery on the 25th October 2014. The Queen’s message, sent via the official @BritishMonarchy Twitter account, read: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.”

The permanent gallery, which BT has supported as lead principal sponsor as part of its Connected Society Programme, explores how the modern connected world was created through six networks: the electric telegraph; the telephone exchange; radio and television broadcasting; satellite communications; computer networks; and mobile communications.

The gallery’s lead curator Tilly Blyth took the Queen on a tour of the gallery. In one section she was shown part of her coronation broadcast on a replica of a tiny 1950s TV.

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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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.

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