Exploring the Information Age Gallery at the Science Museum

Information and technology play such an important part in our lives and I imagine it will play an even bigger part in the lives of our children. When I was invited by Mumsnet and BT to visit the Information Age exhibition in the Science Museum in London, I thought it would be a great idea to check out the history of IT through the ages.

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Here’s what BT has to say about the exhibition –

“We are delighted to be the Lead Principal Sponsor of Information Age, the UK’s first permanent gallery to celebrate the history of information and communication technologies – something which BT, the world’s oldest communications company has played a huge role in, with a donation of over 80 objects. This is a remarkable gallery that shows how we use the power of communications to make a better world.”

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The Information Age gallery is on the second floor and is very easy to find. It consists a number of exhibits some of which are interactive. It is dominated by the huge model of the ariel tuning inductor from Rugby Radio Station 1943.

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The exhibition features how communication as we know today has been created over these networks -electric telegraph; the telephone exchange; radio and television broadcasting; satellite communications; computer networks; and mobile communications.

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From the Web,  to the evolution of the phones both fixed and cell phones, there is a wide range of information for kids and adults alike. You can even download an app for a guided experience.

We particularly enjoyed looking at how voice / data is transmitted over the web,  cable and to cell phones.

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Jadyn was intrigued by Morse code and even managed to get her name right.  🙂

You can easily spend a good couple of hours in the Information Age Gallery.

To me, I think the invention that I couldn’t live without is my cell phone. I use it for everything – communicating, work, entertainment.

The children think that the best thing ever to be invented is a computer.

We also started discussing inventions and we came up with the idea that it would be cool to have a virtual screen that can be pulled down anywhere (literally in the air)  and used as a computer. Cool idea, isn’t it?

I’d love to own one like that – no need to carry it around and it can never be stolen.

Till someone’s invents one I shall rely on my phone and laptop.

If you’ve not been to the Information Age Gallery, I would definitely recommend a visit. There is so much to do at the Science Museum too that it is a great family day out.

The nearest tube station South Kensington which is on the Picadilly and District Underground lines.

Entry is free and there are a number of cafes if you feel peckish.

Here are some images of the exhibits –

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BT Tower - we've been to the top. :)
BT Tower – we’ve been to the top. 🙂

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