The archive includes a wide range of historic material relating to the development of international communications business and technology, dating from the 1850's to the present day. The main period covered by the collection is c1850 - c1970.
Corporate Records: Copies of agreements, reports and accounts, minutes, letter books from the pioneering Victorian telegraph and from Imperial and International Communications Limited (1929-1934) and Cable & Wireless (from 1934).
Staff records: Staff ledgers dating back to the 1860's, often with details of pay scales. Also staff handbooks and rules and regulations
Financial Records: Accounting information from many companies in the Cable & Wireless family.
Press Cuttings and Releases: Cuttings dating back to the 1850's on various aspects of international telecommunications, including advertisements. Press releases from the 1980's.
Brochures and Sales Records: A wide selection of brochures, promotional literature and commemorative publications.
Photographs: Photographs illustrating many major and minor events in the history of telecommunications. Also photographs of ships, premises and people.
Film and Video: A good selection of films describing aspects of telecommunications from the 1940's to the present.
Maps: Maps which trace the evolution of the British world communications network from the 1850's to the 1990's
Maritime Records: Extensive information on cableships, nautical charts and engineers reports on the laying of cables.
Telegrams: A collection of decorative telegram forms from around the world.
Magazines and Periodicals: A complete run of The Zodiac, the staff magazine started in 1906 and its successors to the present day and other journals.
Books: A good reference collection covering the history of telecommunications including many early and rare books