Family Telecommunications Exhibition

Organised by the University of Salford and is supported by BCS Manchester Branch and BT Heritage.

Saturday 6 July 2013

10.00am - 4.00pm

MediaCityUK, University of Salford, Manchester, M50 2HE

Free and open to all.


This free event is open to all the family and is organised by the University of Salford and is supported by BCS Manchester Branch and BT Heritage.

Telecommunications, Computing and Television
Have you got a mobile phone? Do you use email to communicate with your friends? Can you remember when telephones had dials instead of buttons? Our ability to communicate lies at the heart of everything we do. From the earliest times, Telecommunication Engineers have been exploiting technology to allow us to communicate over increasing distances and at ever faster speed. Our technology exhibition comprises three zones covering telecommunications, television and computing.

Telecommunications - from semaphore to smartphone
Our telecommunications exhibition is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the mobile phone this year and allows you to see how our ability to communicate has evolved from the use of semaphore flags to today's modern smart phone. Exhibits include a demonstration of an early electrical telegraph, the first type of automatic telephone exchange (Strowger), a videophone, modern day digital telephony using voice over IP and radio communications. In addition there is a collection of mobile phones showing how the handset has evolved from the bricks of the 1980s to the miniature handheld computers of today.

Television showcase
Our televisions are now all digital, more and more people are watching online and higher picture resolutions are being delivered. MediaCity is a major centre for the television industry and our exhibits include a demonstration of green screen special effects within our state of the art digital studio, the delivery of television services over the internet and the latest in very high resolution pictures.

Digital Retro - computing
Having a personal computer within your home is something that people have enjoyed in this country since the late 1970s. Those early days of computing were dominated by classic computers such as the Sinclair ZX81, the Sinclair Spectrum, the Commodore 64 and the BBC Micro. All of these classic machines and more are represented in our digital retro computing area where you can enjoy playing games from the 1980s and learning how you programmed a computer before the invention of windows. See also how devices such as the Raspberry Pi are creating new opportunities for programming computers.

In addition to the three main exhibition areas we are also offering the following activities.

Television Green Screen Studio - demonstration of computer generated special effects

Demonstrations available every 30 minutes from 10am

Our next exhibition will take place on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July 2013 at the University of Salford's building at MediaCity (near Salford Quays). Come along and enjoy the fun. The Friday is for schools and colleges and the Saturday is for the general public.

A review of a previous exhibition is available here

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This event could be part of your CPD, including as part of the CPD process for Chartered status. Further details can be found at