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Vail, Alfred (1807-1859) : the power behind Morse Code
Alfred Vail is the true inventor of Morse code, as we know it today.

Vail was the son of wealthy industrialist, who had planned to join the Presbyterian Church on graduating from New York University, until illness forced him to change plans and invest his future in the telegraph instead....
Vittal, John : creating the vittal elements of e-mail
John Vittal was responsible for transforming e-mail into the highly user-friendly tool of today.

A range of functions had been added to e-mail since Tomlinson's first version, when Vittal started to work on it....
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...