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The story behind UK’s first mobile phone museum charity – podcast

In this charities and not-for-profit podcast episode, Ruo met with Ben Wood, co-founder & co-curator of the Mobile Phone Museum, to discuss the humble beginnings of the charity and its journey so far. They also explored:

  • the importance & relevance of the charity in current times;
  • how the charity has come to acquire arguably the most authoritative collection of mobile phones in the world;
  • its legal journey, and tips for those running a charity & looking to set one up;
  • the charity’s illustrative & informative website (;
  • a tour of some iconic mobile devices;
  • the importance of education & sustainability;
  • challenges & opportunities; and
  • exciting future plans.

Listen to the podcast here:

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.

This podcast was originally recorded as a webinar, see the link below to watch the full interview.