The telecommunications mast at the corner of Swain’s Lane and Bisham Gardens is a familiar landmark in Highgate, and can be seen from across London. It has a a history of more than 70 years, playing innovative roles in early TV transmissions, a key role in the wartime defence of the country, and later in radio broadcasting. In the last 15 years or so Swain’s Lane has been host to a number of mobile operators base stations.

A small exhibition running this weekend and a couple of days next week aims to introduce the technology of mobile phones, and some of the underlying science which is used to determine the strength of mobile signals and how safe mobile base station masts are for local residents.

This exhibition has been arranged by the Science Group at the Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution (HLSI), composed of independent members in association with Highgate School.

Saturday 8th March: 1pm until 4pm
Sunday 9th March: 11am until 4pm
Wednesday 12th March: 1pm-4pm
Thursday 13th March: 1-4pm

Admission is free.

On the web: HLSI

I’ll be wandering up on Sunday morning (as I am at the Acton Transport Museum on Saturday) – it’s just down the road from Highgate tube station.


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