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 Telecommunications Object Thesaurus

Connected Earth's Telecommunciations Object Wiki-Thesaurus gives a common language for telecommunciations objects; primarily designed for people working with telecommunications objects in heritage collections.

The thesaurus is not a history of individual or specific items but a tool to improve access and acquisition activities for people working with telecommunications heritage. It shows the breadth of telecommunications objects and provides information which will help identification and understanding of telecommunications history.

The structure is designed to accommodate additional terms as they are identified. It is hierarchically structured using the ‘kind of’ rule, e.g. public telephone kiosk is a kind of telephone kiosk, but you can also find terms by a search function and an A-Z index.

Importantly, this thesaurus has a wiki facility so you can add additional scope notes and non-preferred terms; please join in and share what you know.

Email Connected Earth to provide feedback or suggest new term.

About Connected Earth's telecommunications object thesaurus


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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...