London’s Science Museum has revealed more details of its new £15.6m communications gallery, scheduled to open next year.
The Information Age gallery will celebrate information and communication technologies (ICT) combining interactive displays alongside rare historical artefacts and apparatus, some of which have been donated by the IET, which is also one of the gallery’s funding partners.
Other exhibits will include the instruments which detected the first transatlantic telegraph messages in 1858, the BBC’s first radio transmitter 2LO, and the only Russian supercomputer – a BESM-6 – in a museum collection in the West. The huge Rugby Radio Station tuning coil – once part of the most powerful radio transmitter in the world – will also be displayed.
Demonstrating the impact and diversity of 21st century mobile voice and data communications across the world, Cameroonian communities in both Cameroon and the UK have contributed to the development of further Information Age exhibition content.
The new gallery, due to open in September 2014, will occupy 2500 square metres, constituting the Science Museum’s largest exhibition space to date. The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, BT (Principal Lead Sponsor), ARM (Principal Sponsor), and Google (Principal Funder).
Major additional Funders include The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, and the Motorola Solutions Foundation. Support has been provided by Accenture (Connect Circle Sponsor), Cambridge Wireless, and as mentioned The Institution of Engineering and Technology.