The UK has a rich communications heritage: This is Alec Reeves CBE (1902-1971) who, in 1937, invented the process by which any analogue signal such as a lightwave or soundwave could be converted to its digital (binary) representation. His invention underpins all modern communication & computing.

British engineers led by the now famous Tommy H Flowers of the GPO Telecommunications Research Dept who created the Colossus code breaking computer during the war developed the worlds first electronic solid state telephone exchange known as 'Highgate Wood Exchange' it was tried out on an experimental basis at Highgate, north London in 1962. During the 50's & 60's Flowers and his team invented many of the principles which underpin modern electronic network switching. The pioneering equipment was scrapped.

About Us

The Communications Museum Trust Ltd is a non-profit charitable company limited by guarantee. The board of directors (trustees) is elected each year by our members. Membership is open to any individual as well as organisations. The founders have extensive experience of working with various museums accross the UK with significant communications & computing exhibits who have come together to lay the future for telecoms history preservation in the UK recognising that there was a need for a more formal central body to co-ordinate the collections which are geographically dispersed and ensure that technical skills and knowledge to keep these exhibits working are not lost for future generations. We plan to register with the Charity Commission once our income goes above the minimum threshold which is required to be eligable for registered charity status. We are also working longer term towards Accredited Museum status.

Articles of Association

Annual Report & Accounts for Year Ending April 2017

General Contacts

@commsmuseum for latest news & press releases

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01270 619287

The trustee team (company directors) are:

Chris Wager


Chris has been volunteering with the trust since summer 2015 both on System X restoration and on the business side helping us with our plans, accrediation preparation and planning for our own museum site. As well as his background in electronics and extensive IT skills Chris has experience of working with other charities and is well versed in the management side of structuring and running charitable companies.

Andrew Wood



Andrew has volunteered at Avoncroft Museum National Telephone Kiosk Collection since 2005 as a visitor guide. He holds a degree in Computing (Software Development) from The University of Leeds and in addition to doing regular software development is also an electronics engineer. In addition he holds accounting qualifications and acts as the trusts treasurer.

Clive Wood

Secretary & Education Adviser

M.Ed, B.Sc, Cert. Ed.

Clive has over 30 years experience in Design & Technology education as a Teacher, an Advisory Teacher, an Adviser and a School's Inspector. After 13 years in the classroom he moved on to the role of D&T advisor for various local authorities advising both primary & secondary schools on all aspects of technology teaching as well as carrying out school inspections. During this period his INSET courses for primary teachers were renowned for making the 'scary' subject of technology fun and engaging and every single teacher came away having thoroughly enjoyed the course (against their pre-conceptions) and wanting to come back for more!

As a qualified teacher & technology teaching specialist Clive acts as an advisor to the team on all aspects ofh education particulary with regard to linking museum actiities & exhibits to the curriculum. His practical skills at manufacturing also come in handy!

Graham Bonson Director

Graham Bonson

Graham has been volunteering at National Telephone Kiosk Collection at Avoncroft Museum since leaving British Telecom in 2000. With the occasional help of other volunteers he has restored the only preserved TXE2 electronic exchange to working order again.

He is currently working with a colleague to get the Information Announcement equipment working in the TXE2 as well as adding extra circuits to increase the information available to the public when no volunteers are on site.

Graham is normally at Avoncroft on a Wednesday either working on a project, carrying out maintenance on the TXE2 or talking to visitors.

In addition to the trustees the trust has a number of members from both technical and non-technical backgrounds who support our aims of preserving history and educating the future inventors and to whom the trustees are directly answerable.