Enfield Exchange: a telephone switchboard, its former operators and the Science Museum, London

Having a go on the switchboard

Having a go on the switchboard

October marked the end of a temporary exhibition at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield, incorporating the display of the telephone switchboard that serviced the local community between 1925 and 1960. The exhibition entitled ‘Number Please? Working with the Enfield Exchange’ explored the role of the exchange and telephone in everyday life. I was a member of the team involved in designing and researching the exhibition, as well as hosting events to engage the local community and helping to find local residents who may have worked with our switchboard. The switchboard forms part of the Science Museum’s collection and the Museum intend to re-display the switchboard as part of its new Making Modern Communications gallery in 2014. My task was to conduct oral histories with the ladies who used to work on the Enfield switchboard. We had a blast! The highlight was the cream tea and matinee film event.

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