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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.
Grid slide from prototype Cox selenium-cell magnifier equipment, 1919-1920
Print, 'Interior Tanks', a scene on 'Great Eastern' during the laying of the first Atlantic cable, 1865-1867
Glass tube containing a portion of the first submarine cable laid between Dover and Calais, 1875-1913
Lead weight marked 'Reid' from the first cross-Channel telegraph cable, 1850.
Print, 'Launching Buoy' scene on "Great Eastern" during the laying of the first Atlantic cable, 1865-1867
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
Lens for narrowing light beam for Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, 1858
Moving magnet galvanometer with dial inscribed "Greenwich Mean Time", 1843-1897