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FSP assists with setting up the first mobile phone museum charity in the United Kingdom

Field Seymour Parkes LLP (“FSP”) provided professional services to successfully set up the UK’s first mobile phone museum charity (registered charity number 1196658) at the Charity Commission of England and Wales (the “Charity”).

The Charity has been conceived to celebrate the pure brilliance of the design and impact of the age of mobile phones, to capture, preserve and share the stories behind some of the most iconic and impactful products of the last century, and to educate, inform and inspire future generations of the power of design and technology.

Ruo Wu, a specialist charity and not for profit lawyer at FSP led this work, and will continue to assist the trustees of the Charity in achieving its charitable objectives.

Michael Walker, a director of the Mobile Phone Museum commented: “The support from FSP has been invaluable. Without its help we would have found it extremely difficult to navigate the charity approvals process.” He continues: “All the hard work has paid off and the response we’ve had since launch has been incredible. We now have over 2200 unique mobile phones in our collection and as the New Year begins we are actively piloting our schools programme in an effort to inspire the young engineers and designers of the future.”

About the Mobile Phone Museum

The Mobile Phone Museum is a registered charity (charity number: 1196658), created to safeguard mobile phones and related devices from the past 35 years, as well as develop an education programme to raise awareness of how mobile phones have evolved. Its collection currently comprises over 2,200 unique devices from more than 200 manufacturers that chart the evolution of mobile phones from 1984 to the present day.

It is uniquely positioned as a leading repository of significant devices, recording their history with the help of the extensive network of contacts its founders have throughout the mobile phone industry. Initially, the project has launched as an online showcase, but in future the team hopes to work with a leading museum and other sponsors to curate pop-up exhibits of its devices.