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


Photograph, Floodwater pole repair

Prismatic compass

Submarine Cable

Photograph, Postman of the 1940s

Automatic exchange telephone

The Telephone – How it works


Double-needle telegraph instrument

Photograph, City South tunnel, Liverpool and Pitt street

Text telephone


Photograph, James Melrose with aeroplane My Hildegarde

Telephone cover

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

Speaking Clock

Portable radio

Telephone instrument

Mobile telephone

Blasting machine

Marconi Kryha cipher machine

Hearing aid

Pedal generator

Sputnik transmission

Oral History, John Riddett, Part One

Teleprinter keyboard