If you go down to the Science Museum today...

You’ll spot a piece of O2 history on display to the public. One of our old analogue cellular base stations, which was first used more than 20 years ago, now resides at the London Science Museum’s new Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World gallery, which tells the story of the technological breakthroughs which have shaped and transformed the way we communicate.

The story is told through six key zones: The Cable, The Telephone Exchange, The Constellation, The Cell and The Web. A bit like the telco version of the Crystal Maze, but with no automatic lock-ins.

Over 200 years of International communications history is being shown through 800 artefacts including many mobile phones from the last 30 years and a back to basics African digital cell phone workshop. Together they give visitors the opportunity to get “hands on” with some of the technology that was used at the birth of communications through to today`s Digital economy.

Our analogue cellular base station can be found displayed at the entrance to the new gallery on the second floor of the museum, alongside the story of UK mobile launching in January 1985. The Cell zone includes many historic cell phones, a description of how cellular works, and a case study on how mobile has changed the African economy.

In keeping with the theme of technology and communications, the gallery was opened by Queen Elizabeth II sending her very first Tweet, which read: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.”


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