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7 November 2014

New Science Museum gallery shows BT’s history of innovation

Her Majesty The Queen tweeting at Science Museum

BT’s remarkable history of innovation is now on display in the Information Age Gallery at the Science Museum in London.

The new BT-backed gallery profiles six networks that changed the world, covering the development of communications from the first telegraphs to satellites, TV and the internet. More than 200 years of innovation in communication and information technologies are celebrated across six zones: The Cable, The Telephone Exchange, Broadcast, The Constellation, The Cell and The Web.

As the principal sponsor of the gallery, BT has donated more than 80 of the exhibits. This includes the impressive centrepiece - a six-metre tuning coil from BT’s Rugby Radio Station, once part of the world’s most powerful Very Low Frequency (VLF) transmitter.

Opening up a world of information and possibility

Speaking at the opening event, Gavin Patterson, BT Group chief executive, said: “There is no other company that could put its name so authentically to the lead sponsorship of Information Age – it demonstrates how BT’s purpose to use the power of communications to make a better world is ever present throughout our, nearly, 170 years.”

“The Information Age isn’t just the story of modern communications, it is the story of BT and I am particularly proud that over 80 of the exhibits are ours and will be there for millions of people to enjoy each year.”

Gavin was among an invited audience which also included senior figures from fellow sponsors ARM, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Google as well as former UK digital champion Baroness Martha Lane Fox.  

Historic royal tweet

To mark the opening, on Friday 24 October 2014, Her Majesty The Queen sent her first tweet in an historic moment for communications. Composed at 11:35 (BST) it read: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.”

The tweet was then displayed on the BT Tower info band.

Science Museum director Ian Blatchford said: “This tweet from Her Majesty the Queen is a key moment in communications history and a great way to commemorate the opening of the Information Age gallery at the Science Museum.”

Find out more about the Information Age exhibition at the Science Museum