Information Age



Information Age tells the story of how our lives have been transformed by information and communication technologies over the last 200 years.

Students can find out about the science of communication, and improve their understanding of information networks. They can also discover how users as well as inventors have influenced new technologies, and how society has responded to these innovations.

The gallery uses an array of interactive and digital experiences to tell the stories of some incredible objects from our collections, in six themed zones called 'Networks':

  • The Cable – telegraphy enabled messages to travel faster than people for the first time.
  • The Exchange – telephony introduced new forms of social behaviour.
  • The Broadcast – radio and television made mass communication events possible.
  • The Web – computer networks enabled information and ideas to be shared globally.
  • The Cell – mobile phones transformed the way people connect on the move.
  • The Constellation – satellite communications brought global data into our home.s

Workshops, worksheets and apps

To complement visits to Information Age we offer two free workshops for secondary-aged students.

There is also a set of Object Explorer Cards and an app for students to use in the galleries.

Follow the Related Links below for information about how to book the workshops and how to download the gallery-based activities.

Curriculum links for the Information Age gallery

This exhibition is great for cross-curricular work, including Science, History and ICT.

For Science in particular it supports learning about:

  • the electromagnetic spectrum
  • waves and wavelengths
  • analogue to digital
  • transmitting information.

Information Age was made possible by:

Heritage Lottery Fund logo

Lead principal sponsor

BT logo


Principal sponsor


Principal funders


ARM logo      

Google logo

Major funders

The Garfield Weston Foundation
The Wolfson Foundation
Parasol Foundation Trust
Motorola Solutions Foundation

Connect Circle sponsor


With additional support from

The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Cambridge Wireless (CW)
Qualcomm Foundation
The David and Claudia Harding Foundation

With thanks to



suggested 45 minutes
Suitable for:
age 11 upwards
Places per session:
not applicable
Pre-booking req'd:
Supervisory ratio:

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