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

Text telephone

Oral History, John Riddett, Part One

The Telephone – How it works


Hearing aid

Mobile telephone

Photograph, City South tunnel, Liverpool and Pitt street

Automatic exchange telephone

Marconi Kryha cipher machine

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

Pedal generator

Portable radio

Double-needle telegraph instrument

Sputnik transmission

Blasting machine

Submarine Cable


Speaking Clock

Photograph, Postman of the 1940s

Photograph, Floodwater pole repair


Teleprinter keyboard

Telephone cover

Photograph, James Melrose with aeroplane My Hildegarde

Telephone instrument