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

Mobile telephone

Sputnik transmission

Double-needle telegraph instrument

Telephone instrument

Hearing aid

The Telephone – How it works

Automatic exchange telephone

Pedal generator

Oral History, John Riddett, Part One

Speaking Clock

Oral History, Phyllis Taig

Photograph, Floodwater pole repair

Text telephone


Teleprinter keyboard

Submarine Cable

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

Photograph, City South tunnel, Liverpool and Pitt street

Photograph, James Melrose with aeroplane My Hildegarde