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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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