24. 12. 2021

2021 – A Breakthrough Year for the Mobile Phone Museum

by Ben Wood

The end of the year provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made with the Mobile Phone Museum project in 2021. To be honest we’ve exceeded all our wildest expectations and the reception to the initiative has been phenomenal.

After years of planning, and months of hard work building and populating the museum website, the venture was officially launched at a memorable in-person event in Soho, London.

None of this would have been possible without the fantastic support from our lead sponsor, Vodafone UK, and a highlights video is embedded below which provides a snapshot of the launch event.

The launch event helped generate plenty of publicity for the Mobile Phone Museum with major media outlets such as the BBC covering the museum. Furthermore, the initiative also got noticed by people in the museum world, including this excellent article by the Museums + Heritage Advisor.

Thanks to generous donations from industry friends and members of the public we have managed to add nine of our “most wanted” devices to the collection and we have also increased the number of devices by a further 200 phones.

Other highlights included being approved by the Charity Commission with a designation covering education, training, arts, culture, heritage and science.

We also secured an entry on Wikipedia.

As we enter 2022, we will continue enhancing the collection, adding high quality imagery and completing write-ups for key products that have been added. Furthermore, we hope to expand our education programme with some pilot school visits planned for January 2022 (subject to Covid restrictions). We’ll also be focusing on fundraising to further develop the museum and expand its reach.

We’d like to thank everyone involved in the project for their support this year.