Engaging with Communications

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This section includes information about the various events we organise and run. These include public exhibitions where we exploit our collection of telecommunication artefacts to create an interactive learning experience, often with a significant input from industry. These are normally organised as part of the University of Salford's outreach programme or offered as a contribution to events organised by third parties. Do please get in touch if you would like us to contribute something to one of your activities. In addition, we run one day seminars and mini-conferences which explore either a topical or historically significant event which brings together academics and industrialists to share their views and insights. Further details on all of these can be obtained by clicking on the links below.


For this year’s Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival, we are delighted to offer the following two free events . . . .

Walking Tour of Manchester’s Transport and Telecommunications Heritage, Friday 21st June 2019

Join Mike Nevell, Head of Archaeology, and Nigel Linge, Professor of Telecommunications, from the University of Salford and explore points of interest within the city centre that reflect Manchester’s rich transport and telecommunications heritage. To accompany these walks we have provided an interactive map highlighting the points of interest we visit and this can be used whilst on the walk, to facilitate a self-guided walk or, indeed, to simply review at your leisure. Offered free as part of the Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival, 2019.

Salford Telecommunications Heritage Conference, Saturday 22nd June 2019

This one-day, free, conference forms part of the Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival and aims to celebrate telecommunications’ rich heritage by exploring technological development, societal impact, and its influence on urban development with a particular, although not exclusive, focus on Manchester. Whether you are a technical specialist, an enthusiast, a former or current employee of the telecommunications industry, a museum or heritage professional, an academic or someone who has a general interest in history and industrial archaeology then you are all most welcome and we would be delighted to see you.


Seminars and conferences

FITCE 2018 Congress

We hosted the 2018 Federation of Telecommunications Engineers of the European Union (FITCE) Congress at MediaCityUK on the 6th and 7th September 2018. This two day conference took as its theme the, “Delivery and Consumption of Digital Media” in recognition of the dramatic impact that the growth in online media streaming is having on both the telecommunications and broadcasting industry. The Congress comprised presentations from industry and academia, a technology exhibition, social events, and a technical visit.

Celebrating 30 years of the mobile phone in the UK

A one day conference being held on Saturday 12th September 2015 by the University of Salford celebrating 30 years of the mobile phone in the UK. It was on 1st January 1985 when the UK's first mobile network opened for service. Now, 30 years later, the mobile has morphed into the smartphone and evolved from a luxury item to an essential part of modern day life. Come and find out more about the many developments that have taken place in that relatively short time.

The Archaeology of Communications Conference

A conference that was held as part of the 2012 Manchester Histories Festival which considered the physical evidence that remains of the various communications technologies that have transformed our society including canals, railways, printing, radio, television, the Internet and mobile phones. You can watch a video of each of the presentations given at the conference.

Multimedia Guides - realising their potential

This one day colloquium was hosted at the University of Salford on Tuesday 30th March 2010 and formed an important output from an EPSRC Partnerships for Public Engagement funded project that had developed and delivered the mi-Guide handheld museum visitor guide. The colloquium was a vehicle for disseminating and sharing our experiences of developing mi-Guide in all its forms and to debate with others how such guides can be effectively deployed and further developed.

Public Exhibitions

Our public exhibitions are intended to engage, enthuse and excite visitors about the engineering which underpins telecommunications and the modern digital world. Covering telecommunications, television and home computing each exhibition is family orientated offering a mix of heritage and the latest developments in technology with plenty of hands-on exhibits and demonstrations from both the University and industry. There is also an opportunity to meet the engineers and researchers who work in these exciting fields or to simply enjoy the nostalgia which the more historic exhibits invoke.