Science Museum to open huge new gallery dedicated to history of communications

By Culture24 Reporter | 26 August 2014

The Science Museum has revealed more details of its vast new gallery dedicated to the history of communication technologies

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The country’s first permanent gallery dedicated to the history of information and communication technologies opens at the Science Museum next month, crossing wires from the first Transatlantic telegraph cable – connecting Europe and North America – to the start of the World Wide Web in 1989 and the ubiquity of smartphones.

The galvanometer, used to carry the first telegraph messages between President Buchanan and Queen Victoria, in 1858, and two of the world’s fastest supercomputers from the 1960s, the Russian BESM-6 and the American CDC 6600, are among more than 800 exhibits in a vast space backed by a £6.3 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

“Information Age is one of our most ambitious projects ever,” says Ian Blatchford, the museum’s director, who believes the “world-beating” collections will “reinvigorate” the venue’s central area.

  • Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World opens on October 25 2014.

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