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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.
Print, 'Interior Tanks', a scene on 'Great Eastern' during the laying of the first Atlantic cable, 1865-1867
Print, 'Searching Fault' scene on 'Great Eastern' during the laying of the first Atlantic cable, 1865-1867
Silver thimble, used to pass a current through the 1866 Transatlantic cable, 1860-1866
Glass tube containing a portion of the first submarine cable laid between Dover and Calais, 1875-1913
Hand perforator and copy stand for Wheatstone automatic telegraph system, 1890-1910