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Public telephone promotion Scott, Sir Giles Gilbert (1880-1960)

Giles Gilbert Scott was a successful architect who designed the famous red telephone boxes used throughout Britain for most of the 20th century.

Scott developed a keen interest in church architecture, and his designs for Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral were chosen while he was still a pupil. This big step brought him into the architectural limelight.

He went on to design both Bankside Power Station (now home to the Tate Modern art gallery), and Battersea Power Station, which together generated a large proportion of London's electricity. He also designed Waterloo Bridge, several buildings at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, as well as a number of church buildings across Britain.

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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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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...