Visit to BT Archive

  • 07/11/2016
  • 14:00
  • Third Floor, Holborn Telephone Exchange 268-270 High Holborn WC1V 7EE London

BT's Archives are recognised by UNESCO and Arts Council England as a uniquely significant part of their global scientific and cultural heritage. For more about BT heritage as the World's oldest communications company visit and

The archive holds research reports and memoranda document over a century of the achievements of British telecommunications engineers and scientists in pushing the boundaries of communications technology. Advances in thermionic valves, transistors, radio communications, television broadcasting and transmission, satellite technology, digital transmission, optical fibres, lasers, integrated circuits, videoconferencing, videophones, research into early wideband/broadband technologies such as radio waveguide are only some of the subjects covered by the research reports and memoranda.

BT Archives also partnered the British Film Institute and the British Postal Museum and Archive in successfully nominating the work of the GPO Film Unit, 1933 -1940.

The pioneering GPO Film Unit produced one of the finest British collections of documentary, public information, animation and industrial film ever to come from a single UK source. The unit lasted for just seven years yet its films set the trend for generations that followed and its impact spread the world over. Its iconic films, many of which introduced new communications technologies of the time to an astonished public, have proved to have an everlasting popularity and appeal that hasn't dwindled in over 75 years.


Please note this meeting is for IPS members only.

For security reasons, BT needs a full list of attendees one week before the visit, and so the booking list closes on 01/11/2016. Please also bring photographic proof of identity and proof of address.

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