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Information Age

Celebrating more than 200 years of innovation in information and communication technologies.

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 saved many lives on the Titanic and spread news of the disaster to the world within hours. You can also hear the personal stories of the operators who worked on the Enfield Telephone Exchange, the last manual telephone switchboard.

Planning a school visit? Find out more information about the gallery for educational groups.


Information Age is made up of six themed zones: Cable, Broadcast, Exchange, Constellation, Web and Cell.

The NeXT computer used by Tim Berners-Lee was previously on loan to the Science Museum but is no longer on display. You can now see a similar model NeXT computer from our own collection, alongside an animated film telling the story of the invention of the World Wide Web.

Objects on display

Explore some highlight objects in Information Age in more detail. Browse our online collection for more objects on display in the gallery. If you are visiting to see a particular object, please contact us in advance to make sure that it will be on display.


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Participation projects

The Information Age gallery has been developed in partnership with a vast array of groups and individuals, all of whom have brought their own perspectives and insights to the objects and content on display.

The Science Museum would like to thank those who helped to make Information Age the exhibition it is.

Cameroon Forum / Samaritans / Royal London Society for Blind People / British Vintage Wireless Society / TigerEye Media / National Museums Scotland / Porthcurno Telegraph Museum / National Railway Museum / Cardiff Story Museum / Enfield Museum / Riverside Museum / Goldsmiths University / Bede House / Blind Veterans UK / Lorne Clark / Mike Barker / Guy Peskett / Martyn Bennett / John Thompson / Anthony Constable / Jeff Borinsky / Brian Hawes / Bob Owen GPS interactive project participants: Ben Breen / David Horwood / Norin Khanna / David Martin / Simon Brown / Ken Kacal / Ruksana Khanum / Kirsty Palmer Leo Horne / Inderpal Kallah / Noel McCarthy

Information Age was made possible by

Lead principal sponsor

Principal sponsor


Principal funders


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