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Science Museum to open £15.6m technology wing with BT and Google backing

29 Apr 2013
Artist impression of the Cable Network exploring the impact of the electric telegraph in the 19th century. C. 2013 Science Museum Universal Design Studio

BT, Google and ARM will sponsor a major new gallery worth £15.6m at the Science Museum, which will chart the huge impact of the rise in communication technologies over the last two centuries.

The Information Age exhibition will cover a 2,500m space, the largest in the museum, and will host a collection of unique objects from the history of the telecommunications around the world. This will include some of the first transatlantic telegraph equipment used in 1858, the BBC’s first radio transmitter 2LO and a BESM-6, the only Russian supercomputer in a museum collection in the west.

The Science Museum boasted, though, that the crowning glory of the exhibition was a giant tuning coil from the Rugby Radio Station that has been donated by BT (an artists impression of this is pictured below).

Artist impression of the tuning coil from Rugby Radio positioned at the centre of the gallery. C. 2013 Science Museum Universal Design Studio

“Breakthroughs in communication and information technology have dramatically transformed the way we live and connect,” said Science Museum director Ian Blatchford.

Information Age will bring these innovations to life through the eyes of those who invented, operated and were affected by each new wave of technology."

BT said it was proud to be involved in the exhibition launch to celebrate the huge role network technologies have made in the the modern world.

“We are looking forward to engaging our customers and staff further in this exciting project, and celebrating BT’s heritage story and our ongoing role in helping to shape the connected world," said BT retail chief executive Gavin Patterson.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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