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Discovering the history of telecommunications


Children at Bude Park Primary School have been learning about the history of telecommunications in Hull with the help of KCOM.

The year three and four pupils are studying different aspects of Hull’s history in the lead up to the City of Culture celebrations in 2017, including the telecommunications industry and how technology has changed.

KCOM visited the school to hand over a number of historical photographs which will be displayed in the classrooms as a learning resource.

The school will also be borrowing a replica phone box in the new year which will be part of a City of Culture themed display created by pupils.

Elizabeth Smith, Achievement Support Assistant with 3/4KL, said:

“The pupils of our class thoroughly enjoyed meeting Brendon from KCOM and learning about the history of the phone boxes in Hull.

“They found particularly fascinating a photograph from 1952 of children listening to a Christmas story over the telephone.

"The pictures have pride of place in our classroom and the whole school is really excited to have the replica phone box in school to launch our City of Culture display next year.”

Brendon Smurthwaite, KCOM’s community coordinator, added:

“It was great to meet the children and to get them started on doing their own research into the history of KCOM.

“They loved seeing the different versions of phone boxes and are really looking forward to having one at the school for part of 2017.”

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