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Information Age

More than 200 years of innovation in communication and information technologies will be celebrated in Information Age, a major new permanent gallery opening at the Museum on 25 October 2014.

Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World will be our biggest and most ambitious gallery to date and will feature over 800 objects from our world class collections, many of which have never been on public display. Using sophisticated interactive displays and experiences, the gallery will reveal personal stories about how our lives have been transformed by communication innovations over the last two centuries.

Information Age will be divided into six zones, each representing a different information and communication technology network; The Cable, The Telephone Exchange, Broadcast, The Constellation, The Cell and The Web.

The gallery will explore the important events which shaped the development of these networks, 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.

Re-live remarkable moments in history, told through the eyes of those who invented, operated or were affected by the new wave of technology, from the first BBC radio broadcast in 1922 to the dawn of digital TV.

Discover how wireless technology enabled lives to be saved and news of the Titanic disaster to be spread to the world within hours of the event, and hear the personal stories of the operators who worked on the Enfield Telephone Exchange, the last manual exchange which marked the end of an era in communication history.

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Image: Information Age Gallery design © Universal Design Studio 

Information Age: behind the scenes

This enormous and strangely beautiful object was once part of the most powerful radio transmitter in the world. Watch as the coil is rebuilt for our new Information Age gallery, opening in October 2014.

Information Age

Celebrate over 200 years of communication and information technology
Floor: 2
Open: Permanent
free

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

Accenture

With additional support from

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

With thanks to

The BBC