At 2,500 square metres, Information Age: Six Networks that Changed Our World is the Science Museum’s single largest gallery. Visitors can explore the developments in information and communication technology that have dramatically changed our lives over the last 200 years and discover the remarkable stories of the people who invented, developed and used them.
From the transatlantic telegraph cable that first connected Europe and America in minutes rather than weeks, to super computers and a full size satellite, Information Age features over 800 unique objects within six different communication networks – the telegraph, the telephone, radio and television broadcasting, satellite communications, computer networks and mobile communications. Visitors can hear the personal stories of the operators who worked on the Enfield Telephone Exchange, the last manual exchange; see the computer on which Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote the code for the World Wide Web; and learn about the huge impact of mobile networks on the lives of Cameroonian communities in London and Africa. The gallery is ground breaking in its inclusion of new accessibility features, providing more opportunities for visually impaired and hard of hearing visitors to experience the gallery.
Information Age was launched in October by Her Majesty The Queen who marked the occasion by sending her first ever tweet. It has since had more than 500,000 visitors.
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