Locating communications history in London

Det här kom nyss på Mersennelistan, jag tycker det verkar vara en kul tillämpning av teknikhistoria och smartphones och något slags modern museologi som använder staden som arena:

Do you know places in London that are significant for the history of communications, computing and information technologies?

We are looking for suggestions that will help us in an experimental project to guide mobile users through the UK’s rich history of technology. The project is called Locating Communications Heritage. In the pilot phase we are finding out how best to guide people walking around London with a mobile phone, using the locatability function of recent smartphones to reveal the significance of sites.

The idea is to link places to objects as well as to link to further contextual and archival information. There will also be the ability to record users’ memories of the history of communications technology.

So for example, if you were walking down the Strand you will see on your phone that UK’s pioneering BBC radio transmitter, 2LO, operated from Marconi House. By clicking, you could find out more about the 2LO, an extraordinary object, at the Science Museum. If your grandmother was a 2LO operator, you could record her recollections.

Places could be the sites of interesting machines (such as 2LO or the LEO computer at Cadby Hall), places of invention (such as John Ambrose Fleming’s thermionic valves in Bloomsbury), birthplaces, buildings (such as the BT Tower), or places where communications were vital (such as the London Stock Exchange).

Examples could be from the deep or recent past.

If you have examples you would like to share, or if you would just like to stay in contact with this experimental project, then please email me at ucrhjea [at ] ucl [dot] ac [dot] uk,

and/or

leave a message for us at our project blog.

Projektet är en del av Locating Communications Heritage med finansiering från brittiska motsvarigheten till VR och BT (vad sjutton gör Telia för att stödja bevarandet av det digitala och teknologiska kulturarvet?).

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