The history of communications explored at MediaCityUK event

From text messages to turnpikes, and from Morse code to mass media, the full range of communications will be explored at a public conference on 3 March as part of Manchester Histories Festival.

Organised by the University of Salford, the Archaeology of Communications conference will explore how much evidence remains of the many major communications mechanisms in the Salford Quays area – from the very first canals, right up to the new MediaCityUK site.

Leading historians including John Liffen, Curator of the London Science Museum and Wayne Cocroft, Senior Archaeological Investigator at English Heritage, will be joined by University of Salford experts such as naval historian and TV presenter Professor Eric Grove and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Martin Hall, an industrial archaeologist.

Subjects covered by the accessible, public talks include military and naval communications, canals and railways and the digital age.

Organiser, Professor Nigel Linge from the Computer Networking and Telecommunications Research Centre at the University, explained: “The evolution of Salford Quays from an inland port and thriving industrial estate to a major media centre reflects how communications technology continues to transform our lives and the landscape in which we live.

“This conference will cover a broad range of these changes in an accessible but knowledge way and is a must for people interested in Greater Manchester’s history and how it’s influenced the way we live today.”

The Archaeology of Communications 9.15am-5.00pm on Saturday 3 March at the University of Salford building, MediaCityUK.

Tickets cost £25 and include refreshments, lunch and a delegate pack.

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