Amberley Working Museum

Further on are displays of pole route practice, and some beautifully restored vehicles.

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Page 1 - Entrance and Telegraphy
Page 2 - Telephony

Insulators, vehicles, and outdoors

Insulator display There is vast array of different types of insulator on show followed by a display of open-wire pole practice.

The way in which telephone lines are protected from electrical interference is explained followed by this startling illustration of what lightning can do to a telephone.

Lightning damage

Albion wagon

The Albion wagon has room for ladders on the outside and the gang and all their tools to travel inside.


A young visitor admires the Morris van in Post Office Telephones yelllow. Some of the other vehicles can be seen in the picture of the entrance on Page 1.

Yellow Morris van

Police pillar

There is a police pillar similar to the one at Edinburgh just visible in the picture of the entrance on Page 1. Outside is this more skeletal model.


Part of Amberley's original collection, this early telephone box, Model K1, can be seen on the stroll back to the entrance and café area. There are other phone boxes elswhere on the site, including the rare K4 with stamp machines in the back wall.

Telephone box

AA call box

Also on the way back is this relic of a bygone era of motoring when AA members had their own key to allow them to telephone the breakdown service. An RAC box is on show in the Paviours' Hall.


Close to the narrow gauge railway stop is the rural telephone exchange where you can view the workings in close up and see the technician's desk laid out with tools, test equipment and diagrams.

Rural telephone exchange



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Collection: Amberley Working Museum, Pictures © 2006, text © 2007 Sam Hallas.


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