Information Age



Opening on 25 October 2014, 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:

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 homes


To complement visits to Information Age we offer two free workshops for secondary-aged students. Follow the Related Links below for more details about the workshops and how to book places.


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
The Bonita 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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