MCR1 'Biscuit Tin' Radio Receiver and Tuning Coil Unit

Made:
1943
maker:
British Broadcasting Corporation

Receiver and tuning coil unit for 'Biscuit Tin' radio, British Government Miniature Communications Receiver, Mark 1 (MCR1), 1943.

During World War II, these compact radios were dropped by parachute hidden inside the biscuit tins. They were crucial to resistance fighters in Europe because the Germans had confiscated all normal civilian radios. BBC London's public broadcasts were used to communicate with resistance groups by using obscure "personal messages" which had secret meanings.

Details

Category:
Television
Object Number:
2012-5118/151/1
Materials:
electrical components, paint, plastic (unidentified), rubber (unidentified) and steel (metal)
type:
radio receiver
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
The BBC Collection