Savoy Hill 'Meat Safe' Microphone Stand

Made:
1923 in Chelmsford
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Savoy Hill 'Meat Safe' microphone stand
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Savoy Hill 'Meat Safe' microphone stand
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Savoy Hill 'Meat Safe' microphone stand
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Savoy Hill 'Meat Safe' microphone stand
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Savoy Hill 'Meat Safe' microphone stand
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Savoy Hill 'Meat Safe' microphone stand
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Savoy Hill 'Meat Safe' microphone stand
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Savoy Hill 'Meat Safe' microphone stand
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Savoy Hill 'Meat Safe' microphone stand
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Savoy Hill 'Meat Safe' microphone stand
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Savoy Hill 'Meat Safe' microphone stand
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Savoy Hill "Meat Safe" microphone stand for the Marconi-Sykes Magnetophone type microphone, made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company Limited, probably Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1923

This microphone stand earned the nicknamed the ‘meat safe’ because of its resemblance to meat storage cupboards in use at the time. A Marconi-Sykes Magnetophone microphone, rubber cradle, and cage sat on top of this sturdy wooden splayed stand which occupied the BBC studio at Savoy Hill from 1923. The microphone was supported in a sling of rubber to help isolate it from vibrations – anything more than a slight movement could be enough to dislodge the voice-sensitive coil within the microphone completely. The copper mesh box it sat within formed a Faraday cage which blocks out electromagnetic interference, which the exceptionally sensitive microphone was susceptible to. The knife switch on one leg of the stand was used to turn the microphone on or off.

Details

Category:
Television
Collection:
BBC Heritage Collection
Object Number:
2012-5118/298
Materials:
canvas, metal (unknown), textile and wood (unidentified)
type:
microphone stand
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • audio equipment