The history of the web, brought to life

The history of the web, brought to life

Summary: An exhibition in the UK explores the history of the internet, from the creation of ARPANET in the late 1960s through to its possible future uses, such as the Internet of Things.

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  • The £2m project also explores how the net and the web have changed society, from the world of business to personal communication. It looks at the emergence of email, the first virtual societies and how social networking came about.

    Interactive exhibits give visitors the chance to try and protect the internet against the spread of computer viruses and try their hand at becoming a dot com millionaire.

    The content of the gallery has been informed by a variety of tech experts, including Ben Hammersley, the UK Prime Minister’s ambassador to TechCity and representatives from Google and Microsoft.

    Photo: National Media Museum

  • The glass walkway allows visitors to stroll through the history of the net and the computers used to access it.

    The drawers are part of an exhibit about search engines, while the mosaic on the rear wall is made up of hundreds of social network profile photos.

    Photo: National Media Museum

  • In journeying back to the earliest days of the net the exhibition includes quite a few vintage computers, such as this 1980s Commodore Business Machine model 4016.

    Photo: National Media Museum

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Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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