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2014 Exhibition Hall
2014 Exhibition Hall
Oliver Typewriter, 1909.
Oliver Typewriter, 1909.
Grundig Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorder.
Grundig Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorder.
Stargazing Roadshow at the Local Primary School.
Stargazing Roadshow at the Local Primary School.
Round Ekco Radio, 1935.
Round Ekco Radio, 1935.
Ken Horne, GM3YBQ, in the Radio Room.
Ken Horne, GM3YBQ, in the Radio Room.
EMI 201 Vidicon Television Camera, 1959.
EMI 201 Vidicon Television Camera, 1959.
Exhibition Visitor Signalling by Semaphore.
Exhibition Visitor Signalling by Semaphore.
Dictaphone, 1922.
Dictaphone, 1922.
Winnie Entertains with her Magic Lantern.
Winnie Entertains with her Magic Lantern.
Bush TV, 1950.
Bush TV, 1950.

Items illustrated are in the collection but may not form part of the current exhibition.

We specialise in communications technology from the pre-electric optical telegraph used in the Napoleonic Wars to the latest state-of-the-art webcams and cameras for mobile phones, currently featured in the Guinness Book of World Records!

The Museum has a major collection — over 40 tonnes — of artefacts covering electrostatics, telegraphy, telephony, audio, radio, television and video and IT... as well as some early experimental radar, satellite, photographic and printing equipment plus a technical library of scientific literature and related documentation.

We mount themed exhibitions throughout the summer months, which are designed to stimulate, entertain and educate the public. In order to display the many different facets of our collection, we change our exhibitions at regular intervals (please see our Exhibition and News pages).

We run a very popular series of monthly lectures on a wide variety of subjects. We are also developing an education programme, aimed at encouraging young people to consider careers in science and engineering.

Although the exhibition is closed from October to April each year, you can still come and meet us! You will find our volunteers at work on various projects every Wednesday and Saturday between 11 am and 4 pm. Just ring the doorbell!

If you wish to visit at other times, please phone 01592 874836 or email us at enquiries@mocft.co.uk to make arrangements.