The THG has resources available to its members only and there are numerous places to visit, public access websites and dealers. Owners of legacy systems can join together in a virtual network call CNET.
Available only to members of the THG are:
- Email group. This is where our discussion forum (e-list) is hosted.
- THG Documents. This is the general document repository for where you will find an archive of Journals and Newsletters, circuit diagrams, films, photos and audio recordings for reading downloading.
- THG Technical Resource. This is a specialist repository that contains technical documents and drawings, manufacturers catalogues, and a list of GPO exchanges. The site is owned by a THG member and supported by the BT Archive.
Places to visit
At one time BT (and its predecessor) had a museum and archive, now they only have an archive and the museum collection was dispersed amongst a number of other technology collections.
Milton Keynes Museum has a connected earth exhibition of a working exchange and telephone collection.
Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings in the Midlands has the working collection of public telephone kiosks as well as two working telephone exchanges.
Another part of the connected earth collection is at Amberley Museum, with vehicles, phones, poles.
The Science Museum in London has an exhibition dedicated to communication.
|britishtelephones.com||‘Bob’s Telephone File’ – which is packed with diagrams, TIs, EIs, marketing leaflets, pictures, and loads of information about the majority of GPO/Post Office telephones & Sub’s Apps|
|Light Straw ATE||John Chenery’s Light Straw ATE – Exploring the history of the UK Telephone Service, with reminiscences from operators, engineers and staff.|
|Retrowow – Telephones||Steven Braggs’ useful source of information about historic telephones, particularly for collectors who are less technically minded. The price guide is useful. The site ‘Retrowow’ includes many interesting non-telephone related period items too.|
|Speaking Clock||Need the time? – Now you can hear the correct time from a bygone era!|
Go to the website to find out how to hear Pat Simmons tell you the time
|telephonecardcollector.com||The website currently covers Phonecards, from the cardphone payphone to the cards themselves. Over time I plan to include other UK issues including Mercurycard, New World Payphones etc.|
|Telephones UK||Mike Fletcher’s site has been around since February 2002. It contains in excess of 1500 pictures and information on a wide range of old telephones, new telephones, cordless telephones, telephone kiosks, telephone systems, answering machines, sockets and other miscellaneous pieces of equipment that have been supplied by the General Post Office, Post Office Telephones or by British Telecom. There is also a section about old dialling codes, with particular emphasis on the Birmingham area as well as three pages which contain around 300 old dial labels.|
|The BT Digital Archives||Their catalogue can be used to search the thousands of documents, books, objects, images and films on subjects spanning the development of telecommunications, from the birth of the electric telegraph in the 1830s to the explosion of the internet and the rise of broadband Britain.|
|uax.me.uk||The UAX Project – everything you wanted to know about Unit Automatic Exchanges.|
|viewdata.org.uk||t’s over 30 years since the GPO launched Prestel on the unsuspecting public. Over the fifteen or so years of it’s existence, it became everything that the Internet is today, and spawned an entire industry of competing and complimentary services, plus more than a few hobby based systems, not to mention a multitude of companies dedicated to supporting those publishing or using the services. For the most part, outside some specialist applications, these have all now disappeared without trace. Our aim here is to celebrate the heyday of this industry, and not let what was a revolutionary concept be totally forgotten.|
abdyantiquetelephones.co.uk – We sell collectable working British antique telephones, dating from the 1920s to the late 1950s. These include bakelite, candlestick, and the black telephones that you often see in 1950s films.
Abdy Retro Telephones
Antique Telephones is run by Neil Carpenter, a THG member and collector of telephones. I specialise in quality fully restored telephones and give a lifetime of ownership guarantee – www.antiquetelephones.co.uk
www.britphone.net is an online retailer of compatible, replacement parts designed for use with the classic GPO 700 series of telephones. The website is regularly updated and aims to be a comprehensive one-stop-shop for dealers and collectors.
Simon Mitcalfe’s www.antiquegpophones.co.uk specialising in sales of antique GPO telephones.
Telephone Lines have been trading in antique, retro, designer, kiosks and fun telephones since 1972 and have a vast range of new telephones and old telephones available to buy online – telephonelines.net
Furnace End Fires
FURNACE END FIRES sell Ex GPO/Royal Mail Post Boxes and associated equipment and collectables. Contact for lists and availability by email to email@example.com or in writing with sae to Furnace End Fires, Ersthaus, Atherstone Road, Furnace End, Birmingham B46 2LP stating interest.