Science Museum London: Information Age

The Science Museum’s new permanent gallery ‘Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World’ was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in October this year, where she sent her first royal tweet out to the world.

The gallery has been conceived as a state-of-the-art visitor experience. It is embedded with interactive display screens, information videos, mobile apps support and QR (quick response) codes, all set-up to enable visitors to physically interact with the objects and enhance their understanding of them.

- Aasha Bodhani, The E&T Magazine

The £15.6m project is one of the most ambitious ever undertaken by the Science Museum; the gallery occupies a space of 2,500 square metres making it the largest dedicated exhibition space in the museum and the first to devote it’s content to this topic entirely.

The Information Age gallery embarks on a journey through the transformation of information and communication technologies over the last 200 years. It is divided into six generic Networks: ‘The Cable’, ‘The Telephone Exchange’, ‘Broadcast’, ‘The Constellation’, ‘The Cell’, and ‘The Web’. Within each of these, visitors re-live key moments in history, stories told by those who invented, operated or were affected by these innovative movements in technology.

The experience is supported by more than 800 historic and rare never before seen objects on public display. An elliptical raised walkway surrounds the fringes of the gallery, providing visitors with a different viewing platform. At the heart of the space sits the Rugby tuning coil, a 6m-high aerial inductance coil donated by BT, once the largest transmitter in the world.

Sysco worked in close consultation with the Science Museum on this project to ensure that the balance of digital technology within the gallery’s audiovisual system was subtle. This was not to detract from or overshadow the whole purpose of the gallery, which is for visitors to engage with pre-existing technologies.

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