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Subject: Communication
SUBJECT:
Communication
While to talk may be 'good', what it’s good for is less obvious. The consequences of the technologies of communication (telephones, radios, film, television) have been surprising for individuals, communities and politics. The collections held by the National Museum of Film, Photography & Television are matched by key icons of other technologies, ranging from a telephone given to Queen Victoria, to the computer on which the World Wide Web was devised. The existence of a technology such as the telephone has not of course determined its precise application. Telephone pioneers had many separate plans and, more than a century after the original invention of the telephone, the uses of the mobile phone are still being tested. Television viewing, too, has had unexpected implications. For example, wars have come into our homes, and the political consequences of that are still unfolding.
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Commuting by railway has not only allowed us to get to work on time: it has also created new communities. How has this situation changed as the car has taken over from the train, and what is the future for the commuter?  > more
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Building and running the railways required huge numbers of people, who formed themselves into tight-knit communities, forging new identities that gave meaning not just to their own lives, but to those of their families as well. This topic examines the lives of the engineers who designed the railways, the navvies who built them, the men and women who worked on them, and the ‘railway towns’ they made.  > more
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What is the point of the telephone? The manufacturers think they know, but the users have their own ideas. The history of the telephone is full of unpredicted consequences. See how its users have shaped the way we use the telephone.  > more
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Receiving the news is part of our daily lives and it is reaching us from an increasing number of outlets. The nature of the news and how we get it is shaped by rapidly developing technologies. What is the future of the news story?  > more
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The Science Museum’s collections have grown out of the knowledge the curators working there, out of individual passion and out of agreed policy. Discover why the museum has what it has, and what it intends to collect in the future  > more
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