Historic Rugby artefact now on show at Science Museum - and goes viral thanks to Queen’s tweet

Workmen reconstruct the coil, which is now on show at the Science Museum
Workmen reconstruct the coil, which is now on show at the Science Museum

A piece of Rugby’s history has gone on permanent display in London – and appeared in photos around the world.

The giant, historic tuning coil that was dismantled in a painstaking operation at BT’s Rugby Radio Station nearly ten years ago was being unveiled at the Science Museum as part of its new Information Age gallery, which opened to the public at the weekend.

In its original form, it measured eight metres long and 11 metres high, resembling a giant spider’s web.

The current model dates back to 1943, and transmitted signals to Britain’s submarines.

It replaced an earlier model which was built in 1926 and sent out news bulletins, in morse code, to the Empire and telegrams to ships anywhere in the world.

Malcolm Hancock, a former manager at BT’s Rugby Radio Station and local historian, said: ““A not-so-little bit of Rugby is now the centrepiece in the new gallery and no one can possibly miss it when they visit.”

“Also, a piece of BT/GPO Rugby Radio Station history has been preserved for generations to come.”

The exhibit can be seen in the background of many photos of the Queen sending her first tweet, which received global coverage on Friday.

Entry to the Science Museum’s permanent galleries is free of charge.