Astonishing Science. Spectacular museum.
Information Age a permanent new gallery that will launch in September 2014 as part of the Science Museum Masterplan.
Artist’s impression of a GPS satellite model, viewed from the gallery’s sweeping elevated walkway C. 2013 Science Museum/Universal Design Studio
Construction is now underway for Information Age, a ground breaking new gallery at the Science Museum that will be the world’s foremost celebration of information and communication technologies. The £15.6m gallery will use sophisticated interactive displays and engaging participative experiences to reveal personal stories about how our lives have been transformed by communication innovations over the last 200 years.
The gallery will occupy 2500m2, the largest exhibition space in the Museum, and feature hundreds of unique objects from the Science Museum’s world class collections, many of which have never been seen before. Rare exhibits will include the extremely sensitive instruments which detected the first transatlantic telegraph messages in 1858, the BBC’s first radio transmitter 2LO, and a BESM-6, the only Russian supercomputer in a museum collection in the West.
Kelvin Mirror Galvonometer, 1858
Divided into six zones (Networks), Information Age will focus on important transformative events within the development of information and communication technologies, from the dramatic stories behind the growth of the worldwide telegraph network in the 19th century, to the influence of mobile phones on our lives today. Visitors will uncover stories about the birth of British broadcasting and learn about pioneering achievements in the development of the telephone. Further Networks explore the role of satellites in global communications infrastructure and the creation of a new age where information can be found and shared instantly through the World Wide Web.
The Science Museum has undertaken innovative public participation projects to uncover unique personal stories that will help shape development of the gallery and bring each of the six Networks to life. Looking back at the development of telephony during the 20th century, researchers have worked with women who operated the last manual telephone exchange at Enfield, London, to record oral histories about their experiences. Meanwhile, demonstrating the far reaching impact and diverse usage of mobile communications across the world today, Cameroonian communities in both Cameroon and the UK have taken part in workshops to identify and develop exhibition content.
Information Age opens September 2014 and will be FREE
Information Age has been made possible through the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, BT (Principal Lead Sponsor), ARM (Principal Sponsor) and Google (Principal Funder). Major Funders include The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation and Motorola Solutions Foundation. Additional support has been provided by Connect Circle Sponsor Accenture as well as The Institution of Engineering and Technology and Cambridge Wireless.