Engaging with Communications

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This section includes information about the various events we organise and run. These include seminars and conferences which explore either topical or historically relevant issues relating to telecommunications, a walking tour that highlights Manchester’s rich transport and telecommunications heritage and public exhibitions which exploit our collection of telecommunication artefacts. Many of these events are organised to coincide with regional and national festivals such as the Manchester Histories Festival, Manchester’s Science Festival and the Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival. Further details about our forthcoming and previous events can be obtained by clicking the associated links below.


Once an event has been confirmed in the diary, details will be added here.


Seminars and conferences

Salford Telecommunications Heritage Conference, June 2019

This one-day conference was held on Saturday 22 June 2019. It formed part of the Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival 2019 and aimed 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. The event was open to technical specialists, enthusiasts, former or current employees of the telecommunications industry, museum or heritage professionals, academics and anyone who had a general interest in history and industrial archaeology. The conference comprised seven presentations and a discussion session.

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, September 2015

A one day conference being held on Saturday 12 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, 2012

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, March 2010

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.

Heritage Walking Tours

Walking Tours of Manchester’s Transport and Telecommunications Heritage

Mike Nevell, Head of Archaeology, and Nigel Linge, Professor of Telecommunications, from the University of Salford offer a walking tour around Manchester’s city centre that explores points of interest that reflect a 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. These walks are free and offered throughout the year to coincide with events such as history and archaeology festivals.

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.