Family Telecommunications Exhibition

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

Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 March 2012

10.00am - 4.00pm

MediaCityUK, University of Salford, Manchester, M50 2HE

Free and open to all.


BBC B ComputerAs part of the National Science and Engineering Week 2012, the Museum of Science and Industry was host to the Family Telecommunications Exhibition which was organised by a team from the University of Salford and supported by BCS Manchester Branch on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March, 2012. During this event the public and members of the industry came to learn about the history of telecommunications and how it works as well as play some games on a collection of retro computers!

Almost everyone has a mobile phone today and most of them are smart phones. People regularly communicate through e-mail and send instant messages over websites such as Facebook and applications like Skype but it hasn’t always been like this. There was a time when telephones weren’t mobile, when the Internet didn’t exist and time when we had to rely on something even less reliable than an Internet connection...Pigeons.

Communications through the Ages

  • Signalling by Semaphore
  • Tin Cans and String
  • Needle Telegraph
  • Morse Code
  • Telephones
  • Mobile Phones
  • Internet
  • Smart Phones
  • Fibre Optic Broadband

Retro Computing

Space Invaders gameThere was a private collection of retro computers available to try out and play on (literally!) that included the Sinclair Spectrum, BBC Micro, PET, Commodore 64, an Apple iMac and more. Children and parents alike were all playing on the games available including Space Invaders, Lemmings, Asteroids and Hungry Horace. You may have been lucky to not attend the event - It was very easy to sit down and play Space Invaders and realise you’ve been playing it for 20 minutes... but very satisfying to reach a new high score of 1664!

Old mobile phonesEngineers from BT Openreach were also at the event demonstrating how the Internet is delivered to homes. Attendees were able to see what engineers actually do when they are at a lofty height carrying out maintenance on a communications pole.

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