Life Online

Ground Floor

Life Online is the world's first gallery dedicated to exploring the social, technological and cultural impact of the internet. Trace the history of the internet, uncover how it has changed people's lives and track the latest trends.

In the Beginning – The Internet is Born

Starting in the world of private military and academic computer networking, the first section of the gallery highlights the key innovators who helped lay the foundations of the very first computer networks. Find out who invented the internet and watch as it grows around the world.

Into the World – The Internet Goes Public

The second area of the gallery explores the early days of online communities. From the first email, to the first home-grown virtual societies, this gallery uncovers the first forays into social networking, concluding with the birth and impact of the World Wide Web. Build your own web page, take a trip in our web time machine and try to protect the internet against some of the world’s deadliest viruses.

Into Our Lives – The Internet and You

The birth of the web ushered in a new era of information sharing, online tools and opportunities that have made the internet an integral part of everyday life. Explore search engines, online business, personal privacy and the online communities that create the rich and dynamic culture of the modern internet. See if you’ve got what it takes to become a dot com millionaire, secure your online privacy and contribute your opinion to the gallery.

Into the Future – The Internet Evolves

The final part of the gallery tracks the latest internet trends and technology. Through partnership with industry and academia, new concepts, experiments and prototype devices are constantly being developed - what does the future hold? Contribute to digital artworks and see the latest experimental ideas from the digital world.

The Mirror

The Mirror

Take part in our online project, The Mirror, and discover how the internet sees you. Create your online reflection