Telecommunications Heritage Group

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy explains how we use any personal information that we collect about you to run the group. 

As THG is an organisation that processes personal data only for domestic or recreational reasons, we are exempt from registration with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

What information do we collect about you?

•Your name (including title, firstname and surname);

•Your email address*;

•Your phone number*;

•Your full address.

In addition, but not mandatory, you may also tell us:

•How you heard about our organisation;

•Your CNET number (if you use CNET);

•Your organisation (if your membership is in the name of an organisation);

•An alternative email address that you may use to access our discussion group.

You may also choose to share further information with members using our online membership system, which includes (but is not limited to):

•Any text that you store on our online system to share information about yourself;

•A personal photograph;

•Your website address (if you have a website).

Our system records:

•When you joined the THG;

•When you last logged into the online system;

•Your normal payment method used for renewing your subscription;

•A record of emails sent to you automatically by our membership system;

•A record of all financial transactions for subscription renewals (amount, invoice number, date). Your payment (card) details are not recorded and we use a third-party organisation (PayPal) to receive payments online;

•Any posts that you make in our membership system’s forum.

Why do we collect this information?

We collect information about you in order to send you:

•Your quarterly THG Journal;

•Occasional letters, reminders about your subscription, or other club-related material;

•Emails to notify you of events, general announcements and renewal reminders.

Occasionally we are asked to forward a letter or an email to another member. We do this directly using the details you have provided, but do not pass on your address or email details to the sender.

Every time we send you an email, you have the option to unsubscribe from receiving emails by clicking on the link in the email. Once you do this, we will not be able to contact you by email, and you will not receive renewal reminders.

* We like to record members’ email addresses and phone numbers in order to contact you, as mentioned above. We may, for instance, call you by telephone if an event has to be cancelled, etc. If you do not provide this information, we clearly will be unable to contact you by those means. 

THG will not sell or share the information held with a third party.

Use of document storage system

You have the option to register to use our document storage system (, for which we collect only your firstname, surname, your chosen username and password. If you upload any documents to the system, these are associated with your name. 

Consent to store data

By joining THG, you give your consent for us to process your personal data, choosing which elements of data to share, the minimum being your name and full address.

Consent withdrawal

You may withdraw your consent to process your personal data, and we will remove you from our database.

Right to access

You have the right to obtain confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning you is being collected, where, and for what purpose. Further, we will provide, upon request, a copy of the personal data, free of charge, in an electronic format.

Right to be forgotten

You have the right to request that we erase your personal data. When you cease to be a member of THG, your record is kept for a period of six months and is then permanently deleted, and we have no way of recovering that data.

Breach notification

We will notify you of any data breach which is likely to “result in a risk for the rights and freedoms of individuals”, within 72 hours of first having been made aware of the breach. 


As is common practice with all professional websites, our sites use cookies, which are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer to facilitate the functioning of the website.

The cookies we set

We do not set any tracking or marketing cookies on our own sites ( and  This means we are not collecting any personal information from you when you use our websites. 

Cookie notice

In order to provide the notice bar that appears on the top of the home page of our websites the plugin Cookie Notice will set a necessary cookie to make this notice work.

Third parties on our websites

In some cases we may use cookies provided by third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through our sites.  THG is not responsible for the cookies set by third party websites and will not collect any data in relation to your accounts with these providers.

We also use social media plug-ins on our site which allows you to connect with your social network in various ways.   

This is a link to Twitter’s privacy notice:

This is a link to Facebook’s privacy notice:

Similar to the social media links, some of our sites link to various other external sites. Below are the links to the privacy notices for these sites.

This is a link to Wild Apricot who provide the membership system:



Yahoo (groups): 

Changes to this privacy policy

We keep our privacy policy under regular review. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by placing a prominent notice on our website.

Privacy support and contact information

Please contact us if you have any questions about our privacy policy or information we hold about you:

•by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

•by writing to us at: THG, Dalton House, 60 Windsor Avenue, London SW19 2RR



Constitution of the Telecommunications Heritage Group

1. Name: The Name of the Group shall be The Telecommunications Heritage Group, hereinafter referred to as the THG.

1a. Neither the full designation nor any abbreviation shall be used by Members for Trade or Business without the express consent of the Committee.

2. Aims and Objects: To promote the study, preservation and collection of the Heritage of Communications or any such other activity related thereto.

3. Affiliations: The THG may be affiliated to any other Group or Organisation, as may be determined by the Committee.

4. Officers: The Officers shall be a Chairman (or Chairwoman), a Vice-Chairman (or Vice-Chairwoman), a Treasurer, a Membership Secretary, and a General Secretary who shall be Honorary Officers of the THG. The five Honorary officers, together with up to five additional members of committee shall constitute the Full Committee of the THG. A quorum of Committee shall consist of at least three of its members, of whom at least two shall be Honorary Officers. If the committee so agrees, a person may hold two Honorary Officer positions but shall only have one vote.

4a. Any Chairman or Chairwoman having served in that Office for five years continuous or broken service shall be offered the Honorary Office of Vice-President of the Telecommunications Heritage Group.

4b. Should there already be Honorary Vice-Presidents, a vote shall be taken at the Annual General Meeting to determine which shall serve as Honorary President.

4c. Should there be no other Vice-Presidents, then the Office of Honorary President be assumed.

5. Management: The day-to-day Management of the THG shall be vested in the Committee which shall have the power to Co-opt, and to authorise the establishment of Sub-Committees for any function which it deems necessary. Co-optees have no voting rights on the Committee.

5a. If at any meeting of the Committee the Voting is tied then the Chair shall have the casting vote.

6. Membership: Any person having an interest in the Aims and Objects of the THG shall be eligible for membership on payment of the required Fee(s), the rate of which shall be determined by the Committee.

6a. The THG Committee reserves the right to refuse membership. A simple majority of the Committee shall signify the acceptance or expulsion of THG members. There shall be an Appeal procedure (see 7b).

6b. Membership shall comprise: Ordinary; un-remunerated grade; Associate/Honorary/Life, which grade may be proposed by a majority decision of the Committee.

6c. The date for renewal of all subscriptions shall be "rst June annually and the fees decided upon at the AGM or an Extra-ordinary General meeting called for that purpose.

7. Suspension and Expulsion: Any member whose Subscription is three months in arrears shall automatically be suspended from membership. Re-admittance only on payment of the normal Fees.

7a. A member shall have his/her name removed from the Register for behaviour which is considered by a majority of the Committee to be detrimental to the interests or the reputation of the THG.

7b. Any appeal by a THG member shall be subject to Arbitration. The Hon. General Secretary shall, at the request of the Appellant, convene a Tribunal which shall consist of 1) One ordinary member of the THG nominated by the Appellant, and 2) One member of the THG Committee, and 3) a ‘President’ who shall be any person invited by the agreement of 1) and 2). None of these members will have been involved in the initial appeal. The decision of the Tribunal shall be final.

7c. Appeals shall only be accepted if received by the Hon. General Secretary within 28 days of the suspension or expulsion.

8. The THG provides an e-mail group which any member may join and to which they may post messages. Messages may be posted freely and should relate directly to the discussion of telecommunications heritage, its study, preservation and collection. Personal messages between individual members should not be posted, nor should abusive or defamatory remarks. The e-mail group may not be used for the resolution of members’ disputes.

8a. Any member who posts inappropriate, abusive or defamatory messages, or who attempts to use the e-mail group to resolve personal disputes will have their access to it temporarily suspended (“moderated”) and the offending material will be removed. The Moderator will be an Honorary Officer of the THG Committee who will take this action after discussion with the THG Committee. Re-instatement will be allowed only when the Committee has been satisfied that there will be no repetition of this, or similar, action.

8b. If, following a temporary suspension, a member attempts to post similar, inappropriate messages their access to the e-mail group will be permanently withdrawn. Any Appeal against such a decision will be subject to the procedure laid down in paragraph 7b of the Constitution.

9. Meetings: Shall be of four kinds, viz,

  • Ordinary. To be held from time to time as deemed necessary and to be convened by any three Committee members at least two being Honorary Officers of the Group.
  • Extra-ordinary General. At any time at the written request of not less than twenty fully paid-up members. At least 21 days’ notice to be given to the Hon. General Secretary, in writing. Members shall be sent an Agenda for such Meetings not less than 14 days prior.
  • Annual General Meeting. To be held annually, at least 28 clear days’ notice to be given to the members of the venue, time and date. The Hon. General Secretary shall prepare an Agenda sufficient copies for the full Committee and shall cause to be displayed at least two copies in or near the place of the Meeting on the day. There shall not be more than 14 months between Annual General Meetings.
  • Committee. May be convened from time-to-time by any two Committee members one of whom shall be an Honorary Officer of the THG.

10. Minutes: Shall be kept by the Hon. General Secretary of all Committee and General Meetings.

11. Accounts: Shall be prepared by the Hon. Treasurer to 31st August of each year for submission to and acceptance by the members at the Annual General Meeting.

11a. An Internal Audit by a Duly Authorised person shall suffice.

12. The Annual General Meeting shall:

  • Receive and adopt Reports from the Officers of the Group.
  • Adopt the Accounts for the "nancial year as Certi"ed by the Auditor(s).
  • Discuss any Reports, Communications, or Correspondence.
  • Discuss and, if necessary, Vote on any Motion or Resolution by a show of hands, or if necessary, by a Ballot. Formal Notice is not required.
  • Require fourteen days Notice in writing to the Hon. General Secretary of any Motions or Resolutions proposing amendments having the effect of changing the Constitution. Such Proposer and Seconder to be fully paid-up members of the THG.
  • Elect any Officers required, by a show of hands, or Ballot, with a simple majority, for the ensuing year.

13. Meeting Protocol: Will be dealt with by the Chair, who will, in the event of a dispute, decide upon what action to take by referring to “Citrines ABC of Chairmanship”.

14. Amendments to the Constitution: Shall be sent to every fully paid up member at least 56 days before the meeting called to decide upon them. Amendments will have to be received, by the Secretary, 28 days prior to the meeting and these amendments then duly sent to every fully paid up member at least 14 days before the aforesaid meeting.

15. Winding Up: The THG may be dissolved by an Extra-ordinary General Meeting after six months’ notice has been served to all its members. If, upon the winding-up, and the discharge of the Group’s debts and liabilities (including the return to members of their unused subscriptions which have been paid in advance) there remain any assets whatsoever, these shall be divided equally between all THG members whose subscriptions are fully up to date. Nothing shall be paid to holders of complimentary or other free memberships.

First ratified at the Annual General Meeting held on Saturday, 5th November 1988 at the Telecom Technology Showcase, 135 Queen Victoria Street, London. This version ratified at the Annual General Meeting held on Saturday, 1st October 2011 at the Science Museum, London SW7.


The Telecommunications Heritage Journal is a high quality THG publication that is produced on a quarterly basis and is posted to the worldwide membership.

What is it?

The Journal has evolved over the years to be an A4 magazine with regular features, contributions from members, useful contact information, plus sections on help & advice, who's who and the Market Place - a trading hotspot. All of the content is supplied by the membership, and any submissions are gratefully received.

How to get a copy?

The easiest way to get a copy of the Journal is to become a THG member and you can find out more about that in the menus above. There are also a few back issues left for sale to members.

Membership Benefits and Rates

Only THG members have the following:

  • Four high-quality journals posted to you each year*
  • An electronic on-line version of the journal
  • The ability to ask telecoms-related questions and discuss our hobby using a dedicated Yahoogroup online
  • Access to other members' profiles (depending on their privacy settings) on our membership website
  • Access to a further discussion forum (hosted on our membership website)
  • A members' 'wants' list - if such items are made available to the group, members are offered items
  • Access to swapmeets (see THG Events in the menu) and the AGM
* Journals are not sent to our overseas 'electronic-only' members
Current subscription rates (annual) are:
UK Membership   £20
European Membership £23
World Membership £30
Electronic-only Membership £8 (not available to UK members)

THG Events

The THG has a long standing history of holding very popular swapmeets in a variety of good locations, the pictures below may be just what you need to tempt you into joining us. Over the years some venues have been more popular so we tend to gravitate towards these, but if you have any suggestions for other locations then please do get in touch.

See our events list here

What is a swapmeet?

Several times lately we've had new members asking this question, along with others like "I don't have anything to swap, can I buy instead?" and "I'm new to the THG, I don't know anyone else. How will I know who to swap things with?"

One of our members, Paul Seward, explains....

These were questions I very nearly asked before my first swapmeet. I like to think of swapmeets as "car boot sales, but with more telephones" (and more interesting people to chat to as well). Some stall holders may be open to swaps if you've got something they want, but cash is more flexible and more widely accepted.

One thing I would advise though is to bring some change and some smaller notes as sometimes change can get a bit thin on the ground, especially if people are trying to break a £20 note to buy that widget they've been after for ages, which is priced at 50p!

You can usually find a good choice of antique telephones, from the wooden era, through candlesticks and into the bakelite ranges, both black and coloured.




Reproduction cords of very good quality are available at good prices too, just what you need to finish off that loving restoration. A good variety of tools are usually around, from screwdrivers to specialised crimping tools and telephone exchange maintenance tools.



Talk to people who can restore broken phones like this to a standard where it is hard to detect their work.






A good selection of spares for telephones of all eras...

You'll also find good quantities of the more modern plastic telephones if that's what you're after along with test equipment used by the GPO and Post Office Telephones. If telephone exchanges are your 'thing' then there are often spare parts for strowger equipment and manual switchboards too, and we have several members who are expert on modern electronic PABX systems. Good numbers of magazines journals and other telephone related paperwork also surface regularly which can be a boon to those doing research. If you can't find what you are looking for, get chatting to people, ask who you need to speak to to find the bits you need.

But above all, the opportunity to meet and chat with so many like-minded fellow collectors in a friendly and informal environment. Make friends, find out where you can get hold of that elusive item that you have been searching after for years, join one of our relaxed training courses like the one below which covered the old A/B Coin Collecting Box, get the opportunity to visit restoration companies like Unicorn Kiosks and ask questions of the experts.

(Pictures courtesy of Sam Hallas)

Now if that doesn't make you want to join then I don't think anything will, if it does tickle your fancy then please have a look in the menus (above) about how to join THG. Don't forget, as well as the swapmeets you will get four journals every year and access to our members only web and mailing groups where you will find lively discussions on all things telephone related.

Please note, THG events are open to members only. Due to various conditions applied to us by some of the venues that we use and also the requirements placed on us by our insurance policy, the THG's events are not open to the public. New members are welcome to join at any time and will be admitted to our events as soon as their membership has been approved.

Reservations for tables must be made in advance with our events organiser as some venues are very well attended, with more than 30 tables.

Lately our swapmeets have been giving even better value to our members. After the swapmeet has finished, and allowing a suitable break for a little light refreshment, we have held a small workshop. We have held free training sessions covering topics such as dial repair, reading and understanding N-diagrams and planset working and David Walton has held a session on the repair and re-termination of cloth cords. Details of the training sessions will be announced in the journal. You do not usually need to book a place but you will need to let the organiser know in order that you can be told what to bring. You can use the form in the Contacts section.

Laurence kindly organises our events for us and he can be reached by using the form in the Contacts section.

Up to date information regarding all forthcoming THG events and meetings, including the AGM is available to members by logging on to the THG's secure members site, or:

See our events list here

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THG publishes four A4 sized Journals each year, packed with news and articles that are written by our members, for our members.


A growing number of THG members have joined CNet - this is a telephone network that uses an Asterisk Voice Over IP (VOIP) system and connects people up all over the world through their broadband connections.  Members have successfully connected old exchanges and equipment to the network, and in the UK we operate using the old STD codes.  See


Constitution of the Telecommunications Heritage Group


1. Name: The Name of the Group shall be The Telecommunications Heritage Group, hereinafter referred to as the THG.



Contact us

Please remember that all committee members are volunteers.  If you contact us using these details or our contact form, you may be passed to a member of THG who will be most likely to help you.

  • Tel: 0330 321 1844
  • Email: Please use the contact form