Post Office Telecommunications videophone, 1977

Made:
1977 in Warwick

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Science Museum, London / BT Heritage and Archives
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Science Museum, London / BT Heritage and Archives

Science Museum, London / BT Heritage and Archives
Science Museum, London / BT Heritage and Archives

"Post Office Telecommunications" teleconference unit, designed at the Post Office Research Station in Martlesham, made by DCA Design Consultants, Warwick, England, 1977. Constructed for the Post Office Silver Jubilee Exhibition in Hyde Park, London in 1977

"Post Office Telecommunications" teleconference unit, designed at the Post Office Research Station in Martlesham, made by DCA Design Consultants, Warwick, England, 1977. Constructed for the Post Office Silver Jubilee Exhibition in Hyde Park, London, in 1977.

In the 1970s the Post Office, which at that time was responsible for national telecommunications services in Britain, was interested in developing visual communications technology. This example of a ‘teleconference unit’ was built for display at the Queen's Sliver Jubilee Exhibition held in Hyde Park in 1977. Visitors to the exhibition could see video communication between two similar units. The case was made out of white resin painted yellow, meaning that the paint rubbed off quite easily.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
2014-11
Materials:
electronic components, glass, paint, plastic (unidentified) and resin (unidentified)
type:
videophone
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Donated by John Thompson