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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.
'Digit Al' soft toy, 2008
'Digit Al' doll, designed by Abbot Mead Vickers BDDO, unknown maker, 2008. Produced to promote the digital television switchover.
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
Video Networks Limited (HomeChoice) set top box, 2000-2006
Video Networks Limited (HomeChoice) set top box, manufactured by Video Networks Limited, 2000-2006
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.
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.
Keracolor Sphere TV set
Keracolor Sphere TV set, made in 1970 by Group Systems (Keracolor) Ltd, Northwich, with associated archive material.
John Logie Baird's test subject 'Stookie Bill'
'Stookie / Stooky Bill' ventiloquist's dummy head. From The Plessey Museum.
Marconi Mark II television camera head, 1951
Marconi Mark II television camera head, made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company Limited, British, 1951.
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.
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.
Stelberg Beer Can from Channel 4's 'Shameless'
A 440ml Stelberg Special Premium Lager Beer can, with liquid contents, from the television programme, "Shameless." A fictional beer brand created for the Channel 4 show.
Pye B16T television receiver
PYE B16T table-top television receiver, manufactured by Pye Limited, East Anglia, England, 1946-1948.
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.
Philips Eureka Project 36" Prototype High-Definition Television
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).
Savoy Hill 'Meat Safe' Microphone Stand
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
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.
Baird 'Tin box' televisor
Baird 'Disc model' televisor, manufactured by John Logie Baird and Plessey Company Limited in c. 1930. Serial No. 191.
Black-and-white television made by Murphy Radio Ltd, Welwyn Garden City, c.1968.
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
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.
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
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.
Marconiphone 706 television receiver
Marconiphone 5-inch tabletop combined television and radio receiver Model 706, 1938; incorporates 'Emiscope' picture-tube (1981-474).
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.
television band converter
Television band converter for reception with Band III (ITV) as well as Band I (BBC), made by Electrical & Musical Industries Ltd, Hayes, c.1955.
Monopoly board game
'Coronation Street' Monopoly game, produced in 2000 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the show.
BBC Vision mixing desk
Vision mixing desk, made by Grass Valley Group and used in the gallery of the 'North West Tonight' studio at BBC Manchester.
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.
'Televisor', made by Baird International Television Ltd, London, 1932.
BBC Communications panel
Communications panel, made by Calrec and used in the gallery of the 'North West Tonight' studio at BBC Manchester.
15" Flatscreen Television
15" Flatscreen Television with power cable, scart lead, remote control, instructions and receipt made by Mcperson, Italy, 2004.
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).
'Poppy' from BBC children's television series 'Playschool'
'Poppy', doll with plastic head, arms and legs from BBC children's programme 'Playschool', c 1977. Poppy has long, dark hair and is wearing a blue dungarees and shirt with white stripes.
Trinitron colour television
Trinitron colour television, made by Sony Corporation, Japan, c. 1983.
Satellite dish, known as the 'Squariel', to receive British Satellite Broadcasting television.
Ahren Beer Bottle from Channel 4's 'Shameless'
A 330ml Ahren Export Premier Lager bottle, from the television programme "Shameless." A fictional beer brand created for the Channel 4 show.
Hughie Greene's Clapometer (Audience Reaction Indicator)
Hughie Greene's Clapometer (Audience Reaction Indicator). Part of the collection of historic television cameras etc. acquired from Thames Television plc.
Philco Predicta tabletop television receiver
The Donald Fleming Collection of North American television receivers: Philco 'Predicta' Princess 17" tabletop television receiver, 1959.
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.
'Little Ted' from BBC children's television series 'Playschool'
'Little Ted', soft toy from BBC children's programme 'Playschool', c 1977.
Pye V4 12 " television receiver
Pye V4 12 " monochrome television receiver, tabletop model, single channel, Serial Number 985035, known as 'washboard' set.
Neve DSP-1 digital sound desk
Neve digital sound desk, ex-BBC DSP-1, 1985, the complete system, including several racks of processing equipment
Sony DXC-101P CCD Video Camera
DXC-101P single chip CCD (charged coupled device) camera, manufactured by Sony, Japan, 1988.