Electric Telegraph

The Electric Telegraph changed the future in 1837

Using only 20 letters, how did this odd-looking machine make the world a smaller place?

The future then...

Two hundred years ago, people had to wait days, weeks or even months for letters to arrive by horse and ship. The electric telegraph changed all that. In the space of a few years, anyone in a large town could send a message hundreds of miles in just a few minutes.

The future now...

The web has radically changed our lives, but over three-quarters of the world’s people aren’t online. Imagine how our future will be transformed when everyone has access to mobile internet technology...

'Imagine if a letter was the only way to send an urgent message - I'd certainly find it hard to get news to my friends in Australia! The telegraph must've totally transformed people's lives.'

Beth Lovell, Information Desk Assistant

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