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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.
Video Networks Limited (HomeChoice) set top box, 2000-2006
Video Networks Limited (HomeChoice) set top box, manufactured by Video Networks Limited, 2000-2006
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
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.
'Digit Al' soft toy, 2008
'Digit Al' doll, designed by Abbot Mead Vickers BDDO, unknown maker, 2008. Produced to promote the digital television switchover.
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
Marconi Mark II television camera head, 1951
Marconi Mark II television camera head, made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company Limited, British, 1951.
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.
Pye B16T television receiver, 1946-1950
PYE B16T table-top television receiver, manufactured by Pye Limited, East Anglia, England, 1946-1948.
John Logie Baird's test subject 'Stookie Bill'
'Stookie / Stooky Bill' ventiloquist's dummy head. From The Plessey Museum.
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.
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.
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.
Stelberg Beer Can from "Shameless"
A 440ml Stelberg Special Premium Lager Beer can, with liquid contents, from the television programme, "Shameless."
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.
'Poppy' from BBC children's television series 'Playschool', c 1977
'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.
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
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.
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.
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
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).
'Humpty' from BBC children's television series 'Playschool', c 1977
'Humpty', soft toy from BBC children's programme 'Playschool', c 1977.
Saba 'Jim Nature' portable television receiver
Saba 'Jim Nature' portable television receiver, 1994.
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.
Philco Predicta tabletop television receiver
The Donald Fleming Collection of North American television receivers: Philco 'Predicta' Princess 17" tabletop television receiver, 1959.
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).
Pye V4 12 " television receiver
Pye V4 12 " monochrome television receiver, tabletop model, single channel, Serial Number 985035, known as 'washboard' set.
'Little Ted' from BBC children's television series 'Playschool', c 1977
'Little Ted', soft toy from BBC children's programme 'Playschool', c 1977.
Sony DXC-101P CCD Video Camera
DXC-101P single chip CCD (charged coupled device) camera, manufactured by Sony, Japan, 1988.
BBC 2 Station Identification Caption
BBC 2 station identification caption or 'tuning device', 1967. Presented to Aubrey Singer, Controller BBC 2, 1978. Example of a mechanical animated TV graphic. Fitted with presentation panel that reads 'Aubrey Singer / Controller BBC 2 / 1974-1978'.
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.
Marconiphone 706 television receiver
Marconiphone 5-inch tabletop combined television and radio receiver Model 706, 1938; incorporates 'Emiscope' picture-tube (1981-474).
Neve DSP-1 digital sound desk
Neve digital sound desk, ex-BBC DSP-1, 1985, the complete system, including several racks of processing equipment
Rigonda VL100M portable television receiver
'Rigonda' portable television receiver, VL100M, 1972-1973. Made at the Mezon Works, Leningrad.
Sennheiser MKH 805 'shot gun' microphone in original case
Sennheiser MKH 805 capacitor type line microphone in original case, c. 1966. Serial. No. 2001. Tuchel connector.
Ahren Beer Bottle from Shameless
A 330ml Ahren Export Premier Lager bottle, from the television programme "Shameless."
Philips BSB STU902 satellite television receiver
Philips BSB STU902 satellite television receiver, c 1988.
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).
Baird 'Tin box' televisor
Baird 'Disc model' televisor, manufactured by John Logie Baird and Plessey Company Limited in c. 1930. Serial No. 191.
Monopoly board game
'Coronation Street' Monopoly game, produced in 2000 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the show.
Specimen of Baird's 2-colour cathode ray tube for colour television (telechrome tube).
Zenith G2326 tabletop television receiver
The Donald Fleming Collection of North American television receivers: Zenith G2326 14" 'porthole' tabletop television receiver, 1948.
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.
Perdio Portorama portable television receiver
Perdio 'Portorama' portable television receiver, 1962.
Marconi AXBT Microphone & matching desk stand
Marconi AXBT microphone Type A, manufactured by Marconi, c. 1944. BBC ribbon microphone with stand.
'Big Ted' from BBC children's television series 'Playschool', c 1977
'Big Ted', soft toy from BBC children's programme 'Playschool', c 1977.
EMI Emitron Camera Head
EMI Emitron camera head, one of the original Emitrons used by Marconi-EMI from the beginning of the BBC's British Television Service at Alexandra Palace, 1936.
Watson Model 75 Television Zoom Lens
Watson Model 75 Television Zoom Lens, No. 117, manufactured by W Watson and Sons Limited, London, 1949-52.