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Information Age Gallery: Cable
The telegraph gave rise to the first global communication network, radically shrinking our world. Explore the objects on display in the Information Age Gallery and discover the ways cable still plays a vital role in an increasingly wireless world.
Copy of the receiver and alarm call of Schilling's electric telegraph, 1870-1877
Print, 'Large Buoy' scene on 'Great Eastern' during the laying of the first Atlantic cable, 1865-1867
Print, 'Launching Buoy' scene on "Great Eastern" during the laying of the first Atlantic cable, 1865-1867
Lead weight marked 'Reid' from the first cross-Channel telegraph cable, 1850.
Selenium cell from prototype Cox selenium-cell magnifier equipment, 1910-1920
Glass tube and mounts for submarine telegraph cable laid between Dover and Calais, 1875-1950
Double-sided dummy single-needle telegraph used for training operators, 1870-1930
Model of open oscillator with spherical radiators used by Heinrich Hertz, 1949
Lens for narrowing light beam for Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, 1858
Ashtray and matchbox holder advertising the Eastern Telegraph Company, 1901-1929