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The electric telegraph was the first ever form of telecommunication and fundamentally changed the way in which we now communicate. Discover more about the telegraph service and how a telegram was sent in this explanation of the working equipment and telegraph office at Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre.

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How a telegraph was sent – What happened in the post office room

How a telegraph was sent – What happened in the telegraph room

A short history of the telegraph

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.

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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