Landmark communications gallery at the Science Museum

Date Posted: 23/05/2014

Set to open this autumn, Information Age is a new permanent gallery at the London attraction.

Over 200 years of invention and innovation in information and communication technologies will be celebrated in the Science Museum’s new area.

It promises to be the biggest and most ambitious gallery to open at the venue for many years and will feature over 800 objects from the museum’s collections, many of which have not been seen before.

Divided into six zones (dubbed Networks), Information Age will explore major technological advances that have helped shape the connected world we live in today, from the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable in 1858 to the worldwide impact of the mobile phone. 

School groups will be able to see exhibits like the instruments which detected the first transatlantic telegraph messages; the BBC’s first radio transmitter 2LO; and a BESM-6, reportedly the only Russian supercomputer in a Western museum collection.

Information Age is expected to open in late September/early October, although the official opening date has yet to be announced.

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Pictured: An artists’ impression of the Rugby Radio Station tuning coil. Donated to the Science Museum by BT, this huge coil was once part of the most powerful radio transmitter in the world.

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