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THE WORLD'S FIRST museum gallery showcasing the technology of the Internet opened recently at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) and the interactive exhibit tells the story of the pioneering British boffins without whom the World Wide Web could have been a very different place.

The gallery was opened on December 4th in the presence of the world's press and as lively a gang of OAPs as your ever likely to encounter, many of whom were former employees of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), one of the UK's leading science and research centres, and the birthplace of packet switching, the technology that underpins just about every element of the Internet.

The gallery traces the time line from the first telegraph links right up to todays ultra high speed broadband using audio-visual as well as traditional displays and real time mapping of internet connections to the Museum's own Website.

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