Meet the Collection

Surprise and nostalgia await you in these highlights from our permanent collection.

Connecting through COVID

Take a curated journey through a unique collection that explores how we connect in times of crisis. 

Meet the Collection

Prismatic compass

Photograph, City South tunnel, Liverpool and Pitt street

Speaking Clock

Photograph, Floodwater pole repair

Automatic exchange telephone

Hearing aid

The Telephone – How it works

Oral History, Phyllis Taig

Photograph, Miss H.C. Felton, Postmistress, Tintaldra

Submarine Cable


Telephone instrument

Double-needle telegraph instrument

Pedal generator

Text telephone

Teleprinter keyboard

Sputnik transmission

Mobile telephone


Oral History, John Riddett, Part One

Photograph, James Melrose with aeroplane My Hildegarde