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These unique objects date back to the origins of radio and television broadcasting. Mainly related to the British professional television and radio industries, explore the technologies and engineering of broadcasting represented by these objects.
Television cameras and control units
Two EMI 2000 television cameras and two EMI 2008 camera control units with cables
Keracolor Sphere TV set
Keracolor Sphere TV set, made in 1970 by Group Systems (Keracolor) Ltd, Northwich, with associated archive material.
Baird Townsman television receiver
Baird Townsman console television receiver, serial number T2925, with instruction manual, 1949
Kolster Brandes Royal Star television receiver
KB PVP20 'Royal Star' 17" monochrome television receiver.
Cut-away Marconi-EMI Emitron television camera
Television camera (incorporating an Emitron camera tube, received from EMI Research Labs Ltd.) and stand, first used at Alexandra Palace in 1936. Special demonstration model cut-away television camera incorporating an Emitron pick-up tube, with pedestal, received in 1955 from EMI [Electric and Musical Industries Ltd.] by the Science Museum.
John Logie Baird's test subject 'Eustace'
A mannequin's head, used by John Logie Baird (1888-1946) in his colour television experiments in 1943.
Pace model DT210F freeview adapter set top box with remote control and original packaging, 2003
Pace model DT210F freeview adapter set top box with remote control and original packaging and cables, manufactured for Pace plc, China, 2003.
BBC EP11/1 Commentator-operated Outside Broadcast Equipment
BBC EP11/1 Commentator-operated OB Equipment, manufactured by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), 1970-1971. Mounted in a portable leather briefcase and contains all the necessary microphones, headphones, and interconnecting cables for use by a commentator on outside broadcasts. Full BBC number EP11/1/112.
Embourg Beer Can from "Shameless"
A 440ml Embourg Premium Lager can, with contents, from the television programme "Shameless."
BBC Radiophonic Workshop Items
Items from the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop, 1963-1993. Three boxes containing various musical instruments, drumsticks, bells, gongs, recorders, etc. Plus tape splicing items & contact microphone used in the Radiophonic Workshop. There is a Fortiphone device and mouthpiece in its original box, but the model number is not clear. This is a fascinating instrument which, using a false upper palate, fitted with a transistor buzzer, takes over the duties of the human larynx. Sound produced by the buzzer or artificial voice is modulated by the movement of the lips and mouth, producing clearly intelligible words. It was originally designed by a dental surgeon.
‘Crystal Palace’ Capactive Fader
‘Crystal Palace’ capacitive fader designed by Dave Young, 1967 (see Note). In this device, an electric motor cannibalised from a variable-speed dictation machine turns a ‘capacitive’ vane. The vane is connected to the input of a FET amplifier via the gold nib of a Conway-Stewart fountain pen. There are a series of audio inputs and outputs wired within the unit which can be configured to produce different effects. Sixteen sounds could be smoothly combined using this device, opening up the possibility of rich sound montages. It was used in Brian Hodgson's music for 'The Machine Stops' in 1966.
BBC VERA (Vision Electronic Recording Apparatus) video tape
Original reel of magnetic tape from the BBC's VERA (Vision Electronic Recording Apparatus) video recording system, developed by Peter Axon, 1952-1958.
Marcopolo Mints, made by Rowntree for British Satellite Broadcasting in 1990. The mints were given out by British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB) in lieu of change-of-address cards when BSB moved from their temporary facilities to Marcopolo House in Battersea, South London in August of 1990. BSB’s new marble and glass building, designed by postmodern architect Ian Pollard, was named after BSB’s satellites, Marcopolo 1 and 2.
Pilot TV-37 television receiver
Pilot TV-37 Candid 3" portable television receiver, 1947-1949.
CCD cricket 'stump' camera, 1993
Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) Cricket 'Stump' camera, produced by Fearnley Cricket Sales Ltd, 1993. Wooden cricket stumps and bails with two miniature CCD cameras built into central stump, which is sectioned to show cameras and electronics. Each stump is decorated with plastic sticker 'Texaco - Duncan Fearnley, Worcs, England'.
LG colour television receiver, model RE20 CB10MX
LG colour television receiver, model RE20 CB10MX, manufactured by LG, 2002, Including manual and remote control. This television was given to Mr. David Barker of Leeds for winning a competition for correctly forecasting the 4 semi-finalists in the 2002 World Cup.
Baird Portable T164 television receiver
Baird Portable T164 monochrome television receiver, serial no.P3393, 1949. Medallion portrait of John Logie Baird on the front between the control knobs.
View of Pye Engineering Services Ltd building
Silver gelatin photograph by Peter Dunne, showing a security guard directing a company car outside of the Pye Engineering Services Ltd building in Cambridge.
Black-and-white television made by Murphy Radio Ltd, Welwyn Garden City, c.1968.
Amstrad SDX60 satellite dish, 1989
Amstrad SDX60 60mm satellite television dish, manufactured for Amstrad, Birmingham, England, 1989.
Philips T-Vette television receiver
Philips T-Vette dual standard portable monochrome television receiver, 1966-1967. Battery (external 12 volt) or mains-use portable receiver.
Philips 19TG 142 A television receiver
Philips television receiver, 19" table model, 19TG 142A, serial no.BA23836, 1961110 degree deflection, Band I/III table top television fitted with vision AGC (automatic gain control) and sound AVC (automatic volume control).
GEC 1091 television receiver
GEC 1091 television receiver, 1949. 9 inch TV with bakelite cabinet. Screen and loudspeaker side by side and of equal size.
Nokia N92 mobile phone and portable television receiver
Nokia N92 mobile phone and portable colour television receiver, swivel screen, with accessories, instruction cd and original packaging. The Nokia N92 was one of the first mobile devices to have a proper television receiver built into it. The screen can be positioned vertically for phone use or horizontally for watching television. It also includes a built in 2 megapixel camera, MP3 player, video recorder and wireless networking.
Philips 28ML8916/05B widescreen television receiver
Widescreen (16:9) colour television receiver, Model No 28ML8916/05B, made by Philips, 1991.
Philips precision-in-line colour television tube, 1993
Precision-in-line colour television tube. 200 milionth produced at the Philips tube factory in Durham, United Kingdom, 1993.
Bush BC 6340B Colour Television Receiver
Bush BC 6340B (BC6340) colour relevision receiver, 1979. All-transistor (solid state). Mullard A56-500X 56cm (22") colour picture tube. Bush T20 chassis.
Camera from BBC Global Video Unit hexacopter drone
Camera from Hexacopter drone kit and digital video camera. Attached to a gimbal (2018-598/7). The kit was built by the Global Video Unit and used to collect video footage for the BBC's news platforms worldwide.
Peter Threlfall of Pye Ltd.
Silver gelatin photograph by unknwn photographer showing Peter Threlfall, Honorary President of Pye Ltd.
Jordan's Beer Can from "Shameless"
A 500ml Jordan's Extra Strong Beer can, with contents, from the television programme "Shameless."
Yogscast studio suite
Yogscast studio suite including PC, camera, microphone, desk, chair and complementary material used by members of Yogscast for internet broadcast at the Bond House studio location in Bristol.
Trinitron colour television
Trinitron colour television, made by Sony Corporation, Japan, c. 1983.
Alba TRG097AC Combined Radiogram Television Receiver
Alba TRG097AC combined radiogram and television receiver, 1951.
Satellite dish, known as the 'Squariel', to receive British Satellite Broadcasting television.
Tape and Splicing Block
Splicing block with two boxes of tape and razor blade (see Note). 'An experimental, physically modified editing block (made from two standard editing blocks) to produce long "cross-fade edits". Very difficult to use, as razor blades often just curled the edge of the tape.' Dick MIlls. Used to make music by splicing tiny pieces of tape together, an extremely time consuming method. Each length would be cut, then joined with tape to the next. A piece could take days to construct.
BBC Media pass; 'Match of the Day' production team
Media pass, worn by BBC television Match of the Day production team
Ferranti Model T1093 television
Ferranti Model T1093 black-and-white television, made by E. K. Cole Ltd, Southend-on-Sea, c. 1967.
Communications panel, made by Calrec and used in the gallery of the 'North West Tonight' studio at BBC Manchester.
Pye B16T television receiver
Pye B16T television receiver, manufactured by Pye Ltd, 1946.
Colour television on stand, made by Philips Electrical Limited.
Desk pen set
Desk calendar and pen set belonging to a former employee of the Baird Television Company, bearing the signature of John Logie Baird and members of his staff, 1930-1950.
Queen Elizabeth II
Photograph taken from the television broadcast of Queen Elizabeth II during her Coronation, 2 June 1953. One of a colection of ten photographs of the television coverage of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Type L1 lip microphone
Lip microphone Type L1, specially designed by the BBC and manufactured by Marconi, 1937. In box with equaliser.
HMV model 1892 television receiver
HMV monochrome television receiver, Model 1892, manufactured about 1959. The set has a 13 channel tuner which also includes VHF radio. The cabinet is made from a single piece of veneered steamed plywood.
remote control for Pace 'Le Cube' satellite/internet receiver, 2009
Remote control for Pace CANAL+ 'Le Cube' hybrid HD satellite TV/IPTV receiver and video recorder, manufactured by Pace plc, Hungary, 2009.