Wireless in Wales attempts to raise awareness of the history of broadcasting and encourages the reader and visitor to delve further into a fascinating aspect of Welsh heritage. Special tributes are given to the historically significant persons with Welsh roots such as D.E. Hughes and William Preece.
The SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention offers exciting and educational experiences for audiences of all ages through galleries and public programs that illustrate the development and use of electricity, radio, and related electrical inventions that changed the course of human history. Among the early telegraph instruments on display is a Hughes Printing Telegraph.
The Antique Wireless Association is a worldwide organization of some 2,000 members linked by a common interest in the history of electrical and electronic communications. AWA members come from all walks of life and include teenagers, octogenarians, and beyond in both directions. At one of the meets, you might find yourself shaking hands with a retired broadcast executive or military electronics specialist, an engineer in a high-tech electronics firm, or an eager young person looking for advice on restoring their first radio or building a transmitter.
The AWA has one of the most extensive collections of historical communication equipment which are exhibited at the AWA Electronic Communications Museum, Bloomfield NY. USA.
This popular web site of Bill Burns has an extensive compilation of articles and references focused on undersea communications from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network.
The British Vintage Wireless Society (BVWS) is a society of approximately 1700 World-wide members sharing a common interest in the preservation and communication of technical and historical data, and the preservation and restoration of Vintage radio and related equipment.
This web site of Steven Roberts is a chronology of the growth and performance of all of the domestic public telegraph companies formed in Britain from 1838 to 1868, as well as of their associated cable companies. It tries to put their remarkable, largely unrecognized, achievements and developments into the context of the time; and to demonstrate – surprisingly- how their enterprise is once again reflected in the way we communicate now.
Porthcurno has a unique historic provenance: this is where the telegraph cables that linked Britain with its Empire and other nations came ashore. The valley was the hub of international cable communications from 1870-1970 and also training college for the communications industry until 1993. Porthcurno was the largest cable station in the world.
Our collection is unique in its completeness. We have the only working cable station (complete in all details except the actual cable) in the world. We also have all the supporting materials and associated ephemera that are rarely preserved with such collections. The museum also has a Hughes printing telegraph instrument. Porthcurno also had one of the earliest commercial wireless stations in 1902 so we are able to show the emerging competition between cable and wireless technology.
The main part of the Museum is unique as it is housed in two large tunnels set into the rock face.
Here you will find a collection of images of some of the instruments in the fantastic collection of Fons Vanden Berghen who is a collector of 19th century telegraph instruments. Many of the instruments are rare and beautifully preserved. There are many fine images and a video of Hughes Printing Telegraph instrument.
Fons also has in his collection very early wireless apparatus (especially Marconi), radio and telephony, and items related to early electricity.
George Phelps was the mechanician for the American Telegraph Company who helped improve Hughes the printing telegraph instrument.
Information on the Royal Society and the Hughes medal.