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


Teleprinter keyboard

Text telephone

Hearing aid

Photograph, City South tunnel, Liverpool and Pitt street

Marconi Kryha cipher machine

Portable radio

Photograph, Floodwater pole repair

Automatic exchange telephone

Oral History, John Riddett, Part One

Pedal generator

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

Sputnik transmission

The Telephone – How it works

Photograph, Postman of the 1940s

Blasting machine


Mobile telephone

Telephone instrument

Telephone cover

Double-needle telegraph instrument


Speaking Clock

Photograph, James Melrose with aeroplane My Hildegarde

Prismatic compass

Submarine Cable