Museum history

Delegates at the first International Telegraph Conference (Paris, 1865) (Source: ITU)

The Joaquín Serna Telecommunications Museum is heir to the materials used in the School of Telegraphy (Escuela de Telegrafía) on Calle Conde de Peñalver in Madrid and was inaugurated in 1984.

In 1965, the building of the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomuniación was inaugurated in Ciudad Universitaria, assigned by the 1957 Technical Education Law to the Ministry of National Education. From that moment on, the ETSIT disassociated itself from the Official School of Telecommunications, whose Conde de Peñalver premises had continued to share. The Escuela Oficial de Telecomunicaciones continued to be attached to the General Directorate of Posts and Telecommunications in the Ministry of the Interior, also keeping the funds of the Library and Museum.

The Professor Joquín Serna Sturla (class of 1962), had the initiative to gather and exhibit various historical elements existing in the ETSIT, an initiative that constituted the germ of the current Museum of the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomuniación.

Joaquín Serna passed away in 2002, being then Director of the ETSIT Museum, the Museum today receives his name in recognition of his work and enthusiasm and the Library is now in charge of the collection, classification and cataloguing of the pieces that since the inauguration of the new building in Ciudad Universitaria had been conserved in the different dependencies and laboratories of the School.

In 1984, the first two showcases of the incipient Museum were inaugurated and a dependency was set up in Building B as a warehouse and apparatus restoration workshop.

The growth of the Museum has been permanent over the last few years. At present, the pieces of the Museum are exhibited in various dependencies of the School, a large part is in the entrance hall of building C and in its Assembly Hall, there are also pieces exhibited in the Library, in the Teachers meeting room, in some classrooms and on the access stairs to different floors of building C.

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