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Keep In Touch Exhibition - Hurstville Museum and Gallery

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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.

Keep In Touch Exhibition Hurstville Museum gallery
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.

Keep In Touch Exhibition Hurstville Museum Gallery
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.

Keep In Touch Exhibition Hurstville Museum Gallery
So retro.....television was becoming a popular form of communication & entertainment in the 1960s

The interactive components of the exhibition include:

a Braille book that you can touch and feel
a fun string and can telephone that you can test
tapping a message in Morse code for someone to decipher
expressing how you are feeling on the emoji board
interactive Ipad kiosk activities including the sound of a dial-up modem
relaxing in the retro comfort of a 1960's lounge room and watching the first television broadcast in Australia

The Keep In Touch Exhibition is on now at the Hurstville Museum and Gallery and will run until 27th January 2019.

Keep In Touch Exhibition Hurstville Museum Gallery
Visit Hurstville Museum and Gallery to see this exhibition

The Hurstville Museum and Gallery is located at 14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am - 4pm and on Sundays from 2pm - 5pm. Entry is free.
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Why? Explore old & new ways of communicating
When: See website for opening hours
Phone: 02 9330 6444
Where: Hurstville Museum and Gallery, 14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville
Cost: Free entry
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