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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.
Marconi Mark II television camera head, 1951
Marconi Mark II television camera head, made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company Limited, British, 1951.
Sony SL-C7 Betamax video recorder
C7 Betamax made by Sony from 1980.The Sony C7 was introduced in early 1980 and offered features that had never been seen before on home video recorders such as picture search, slow motion, and an end-of-tape alarm. Serial No. 33355578; Model No. SL-C7UB
Pye B16T television receiver, 1946-1950
PYE B16T table-top television receiver, manufactured by Pye Limited, East Anglia, England, 1946-1948.
'Digit Al' soft toy, 2008
'Digit Al' doll, designed by Abbot Mead Vickers BDDO, unknown maker, 2008. Produced to promote the digital television switchover.
home built 405-line television receiver, 1951-1953
Home-built 405-line television receiver with 7 inch screen constructed by electrical engineer J Hueting of Peckham, London, England, about 1952. Assembled using an ad-hoc assortment of electronic parts. Similarly the cabinet is constructed from scrap wood and metal collected at the time.
Pace DSL4000 IPTV set-top box with Remote Control
Pace model DSL4000 IPTV set-top box, with remote control, manufactured by Pace plc, British, 2001.
Pace TDS850NB HD satellite receiver for Sky+ HD, 2008
Pace Sky+ HD satellite receiver, manufactured for Pace plc, Europe, 2008. It includes Sky+ functionality and a built in HD video recorder.
BBC L1 lip microphone, 1937-1960
L1 lip microphone, manufactured by Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Limited for the BBC, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1937-1960
Philips Eureka Project 36" Prototype High-Definition Television for HD-MAC, 1992
Philips 'MatchLine' Eureka 95 high-definition monitor-receiver and HD-MAC encoder, 1992. On Bose Home Cinema Sound Stand. Television Model 32HD8999/19B, Manufacturer Serial Number AG999210500211 (EU Serial Number 01BX199200026190).
Video Networks Limited (HomeChoice) set top box, 2000-2006
Video Networks Limited (HomeChoice) set top box, manufactured by Video Networks Limited, 2000-2006
Picture and waveform monitor and camera control chassis for the Marconi Mk II television camera, 1950-1955
Picture and waveform monitor B.D. 627C, plus camera control chassis B.D. 626E for the Marconi Mk II television camera, made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1950-1955
Watson varifocal zoom lens model 75/6.7, 1948
Watson varifocal lens Model 75/6.7 (No 206), manufactured by Watson & Son, Barnet, London, England, 1948. Watson varifocal lens Model 75/6.7 (No 206). Example of a television camera zoom lens, to fit a Pye Mark III camera. Used to film the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Savoy Hill 'Meat Safe' microphone stand, 1923
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
Marconi-Sykes magnetophone, 1923
Marconi-Sykes Magnetophone, Serial Number 271376, made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company Limited, probably Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1923. Very early moving coil microphone, DC energised. Uses the large flat coil as the diaphragm. Used at Savoy Hill, mounted in the 'Meat Safe' microphone stand. This example missing the coil.
Raytheon Model M-1601 console television receiver
The Donald Fleming Collection of North American television receivers: Raytheon Model M-1601 C-1602, 17" console television receiver, 1949. 'Washing Machine' (circular screen or 'porthole') Type Set. Very unusual looking set to Europeans used to oblong screens.
Remote control unit for Pace TDS850NB HD satellite receiver for Sky+ HD, 2008
Pace remote control for Sky+ HD satellite receiver, manufactured by Universal Electronics for Pace plc, Europe, 2008.
Philips BSB STU902 satellite television receiver
Philips BSB STU902 satellite television receiver, c 1988.
John Logie Baird's test subject 'Stookie Bill'
'Stookie / Stooky Bill' ventiloquist's dummy head. From The Plessey Museum.
Hughie Greene's Clap-o-meter (Audience Reaction Indicator)
Hughie Greene's Clapometer (Audience Reaction Indicator). Part of the collection of historic television cameras etc. acquired from Thames Television plc.
Ampex Video Recorder VR1000
Ampex VR1000 2 inch quadruplex videorecorder tape transport, from 1959. Model VR-1000C, Serial No: 898. This transport was on display for many years in the Ampex UK head office in Reading. Presented to NMPFT by Ampex UK.
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'.
Rigonda VL100M portable television receiver
'Rigonda' portable television receiver, VL100M, 1972-1973. Made at the Mezon Works, Leningrad.
Nordmende Spectra Color Studio Television Receiver
Spectra Colour Studio television receiver, manufactured by Nordmende 1967-1970, Germany. Features four picture tubes, one colour and three monochrome.
Neve DSP-1 digital sound desk
Neve digital sound desk, ex-BBC DSP-1, 1985, the complete system, including several racks of processing equipment
Specimen of Baird's 2-colour cathode ray tube for colour television (telechrome tube).
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).
Baird Model B 'Noah's Ark' Televisor
Baird Model B Televisor, 1928. These were also known as the 'Dual Exhibition' receiver, or the 'Noah's Ark' receiver. They were constructed in London at the Baird premises at 133 Long Acre. A very small number were made originally, 'perhaps only a dozen', according to the memoirs of TH Bridgewater, an engineer who worked for the Baird Company at this time. Nonetheless, they represent the first mass-produced television sets.
Sony 5-303W portable television receiver in carrying case
The Donald Fleming Collection of North American television receivers: Sony 5" 5-303W portable television receiver and in carrying case, 1962 (Original text reads Sony 6" portable 'suitcase' television receiver, 1959).
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.
Pye V4 12 " television receiver
Pye V4 12 " monochrome television receiver, tabletop model, single channel, Serial Number 985035, known as 'washboard' set.
Baird 'Tin box' televisor
Baird 'Disc model' televisor, manufactured by John Logie Baird and Plessey Company Limited in c. 1930. Serial No. 191.
Melted Farnsworth Image Dissector Television Camera Tube
Image dissector tube by Philo T Farnsworth, used by Baird, rescued from the remains of the Crystal Palace in London following the fire on 30 November 1936 (melted).
'Humpty' from BBC children's television series 'Playschool', c 1977
'Humpty', soft toy from BBC children's programme 'Playschool', c 1977.
Kolster Brandes Royal Star television receiver
KB PVP20 'Royal Star' 17" monochrome television receiver.
'Little Ted' from BBC children's television series 'Playschool', c 1977
'Little Ted', soft toy from BBC children's programme 'Playschool', c 1977.
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.
Sony DXC-101P CCD Video Camera
DXC-101P single chip CCD (charged coupled device) camera, manufactured by Sony, Japan, 1988.
Keracolor Sphere TV set
Keracolor Sphere TV set, made in 1970 by Group Systems (Keracolor) Ltd, Northwich, with associated archive material.
Stelberg Beer Can from "Shameless"
A 440ml Stelberg Special Premium Lager Beer can, with liquid contents, from the television programme, "Shameless."
Pye Mark III television camera head
Pye Mark III television camera head, c 1952. Image orthicon camera type 2028, used by Associated TeleVision (ATV). Moulded cream plastic letters 'ATV' attached to side of camera.
Keracolor B722 television receiver
Keracolor B722 television receiver, c. 1976. Keracolor colour television receiver based on Decca's `Bradford Chassis' design, 1969-1971. This example has a remote control feature. Designed by Arthur Bracegirdle.
Television cameras and control units
Two EMI 2000 television cameras and two EMI 2008 camera control units with cables
Photograph of first televised Wimbledon Championship
Photograph, entitled 'Televising the lawn tennis championship from Wimbledon by radio link', by Sport & General Press Agency Limited, 1937, showng an Emitron camera installed at Centre Court for the first televised Wimbledon Championship.
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.
Philco Predicta tabletop television receiver
The Donald Fleming Collection of North American television receivers: Philco 'Predicta' Princess 17" tabletop television receiver, 1959.
'Big Ted' from BBC children's television series 'Playschool', c 1977
'Big Ted', soft toy from BBC children's programme 'Playschool', c 1977.
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.
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.