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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.
Silver thimble, used to pass a current through the 1866 Transatlantic cable, 1860-1866
Print, 'Interior Tanks', a scene on 'Great Eastern' during the laying of the first Atlantic cable, 1865-1867
Hand perforator and copy stand for Wheatstone automatic telegraph system, 1890-1910
Print, 'Large 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
Lead weight marked 'Reid' from the first cross-Channel telegraph cable, 1850.
Galvanometer from prototype Cox selenium-cell magnifier equipment, 1910-1920
Moving magnet galvanometer with dial inscribed "Greenwich Mean Time", 1843-1897
Glass tube containing a portion of the first submarine cable laid between Dover and Calais, 1875-1913