The Queen opens a new 'Information Age' Gallery at the Science Museum
25th October 2014
'On 24 October 2014 the Science Museum opened a major new permanent gallery, Information Age. Five years in the making, the gallery examines the last two hundred years of information and communication technologies, inviting visitors to take a long view on our ability to generate, share and store information. In creating the gallery we were conscious of a pervasive myth of our current age: the idea that we are living in a world where our connected digital devices have made us faster and more efficient, and that this rapid transformation of technology has caused a paradigm shift in one positive leap for humanity. In Information Age we wanted to challenge this idea, inviting our visitors to consider their personal experience of change through technology, but to see it in the context of the experience of our predecessors. We wanted visitors to encounter the novelty of the electric telegraph in the 1840s, to understand the ways that the use of new telephone technologies supported and disrupted existing social structures, and to view ‘new’ computer networks such as the World Wide Web as a part of the ‘old’ networks of the telephone and telegraphy.'
Taken from Blyth, T., (2015), Information Age? The challenges of displaying information and communication technologies, Science Museum Communications Spring, http://dx.doi.org/10.15180/150303
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