Queen to open museum’s tech gallery

Published: Friday 24th October 2014 by The News Editor

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The Queen will be shown technological wonders from the past 200 years when she opens a major new gallery at the Science Museum today.

The new attraction features more than 800 objects and explores how breakthroughs have transformed the way people have communicated since the early 19th century.

Called the Information Age, the gallery will cover everything from the first transatlantic telegraph cable, which connected Europe and North America in minutes rather than weeks, to the advanced computing power of the modern smartphone.

Other highlights that will be shown to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh include a colourful mobile call box from Cameroon and a section recounting the significance of the 1953 Coronation television broadcast.

Ian Blatchford, director of London’s Science Museum, said: “As the single largest gallery inside the Science Museum, Information Age is one of our most ambitious projects ever.

“Combining our world-beating communications and computing collections with the latest digital technology and interactive experiences, this gallery will reinvigorate the heart of the museum. We are grateful to all our funders for making this important gallery a reality.”

The new gallery cost £15.6 million to create and the figure includes a £6.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

From Saturday the public will be able to explore the attraction, which tells the story of communication in the modern age through six areas – the electric telegraph, telephone exchange, radio and television broadcasting, satellite communications, computer networks and mobile communications.

Visitors will be able to see William Thomson’s original galvanometer used to receive the first telegraph messages sent across the Atlantic between President Buchanan and Queen Victoria in 1858.

And the original Marconi radio transmitter that made the first public broadcast in 1922 with the famous words ‘This is 2LO calling’ – announcing the arrival of the BBC and the birth of British broadcasting – will be on show.

Published: Friday 24th October 2014 by The News Editor

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