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An engaging and nostalgic look at the way we communicate
From the dots and dashes of Morse code to the use of emojis today, communication technology has changed dramatically over the last two centuries. Today the number and variety of communication services are seemingly endless allowing us to stay connected 24/7. Yet it wasn't all that long ago, before the introduction of the internet and smartphones, when keeping in touch was not so easy.
Exploring old and new methods to Keep In Touch (Image Credit: Hurstville Museum and Gallery)
The Keep in Touch Exhibition at Hurstville Museum and Gallery takes us back to the days of analogue communication and examines the development of information and communication services in the St George region, from the early 19th century to the present day.
From the candlestick telephone to the mobile phone, technology has shaped how we communicate
The exhibition looks at the development of an array of technologies such as the telegraph network and the use of Morse code, the invention of typewriters, the importance of local newspapers and the introduction of radio, telephones and television in the St George region, as well as the more recent introduction of mobile phones and email services.
The exhibition is featured in the main gallery and there is an interesting mix of interactive displays, information and museum objects allowing you to gain an understanding of the different technologies and how each of them contributed to improving communication methods in their time and how technology has shaped the way we communicate.
Information is provided within the broader Australian context as well as the local area where available, with interesting anecdotes from the local community. Younger visitors will engage with the interactive features such as the iPad kiosks and string and can telephone, while more mature visitors may feel nostalgic as they remember their own experiences of years gone by.
So retro.....television was becoming a popular form of communication & entertainment in the 1960s