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Gray, Elisha (1835-1901) : no prizes for coming second
Elisha Gray was almost the inventor of the telephone, who learnt the harsh truth that a miss is a good as a mile.

Gray had been working on ideas to create the first telephone and, although it wasn't finished, filed his initial designs for patent on 14th February 1876....
Gray and Schilling : close - but no cigar
The Russian born Baron Pavel Schilling is one of the forgotten pioneers of the telegraph. He had developed a working needle telegraph four years before Cooke and Wheatstone - and a working code seven years before Morse.

But Schilling's work in Germany was halted by the government there in 1836 and soon afterwards he died....
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.

what's on

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.

audio history

Take a trip down memory lane with extracts of the interviews which have been recorded as part of the Connected Earth oral history programme.

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100 years of automatic switching!
In 1912 the GPO installed Britain's first automatic telephone exchange in Epsom.

Discover the early days of the telephone...