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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.
Philips BSB STU902 satellite television receiver
Philips BSB STU902 satellite television receiver, c 1988.
Rigonda VL100M portable television receiver
'Rigonda' portable television receiver, VL100M, 1972-1973. Made at the Mezon Works, Leningrad.
Zenith G2326 tabletop television receiver
The Donald Fleming Collection of North American television receivers: Zenith G2326 14" 'porthole' tabletop television receiver, 1948.
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).
'Little Ted' from BBC children's television series 'Play School'
'Little Ted', soft toy from BBC children's programme 'Play School', c 1977.
Baird Townsman television receiver
Baird Townsman console television receiver, serial number T2925, with instruction manual, 1949
Alba TRG097AC Combined Radiogram Television Receiver
Alba TRG097AC combined radiogram and television receiver, 1951.
Specimen of Baird's 2-colour cathode ray tube for colour television (telechrome tube), 1944.
Marconiphone 706 television receiver
Marconiphone 5-inch tabletop combined television and radio receiver Model 706, 1938; incorporates 'Emiscope' picture-tube (1981-474).
Marcopolo Mints, made by Rowntree for British Satellite Broadcasting in 1990.
Programme Effects Generator tape cassette
Programme Effects Generator (PEG) audio tape cassette, 1967.
Emitron television camera tube
Television camera tube, cylindrical. Printed paper label attached to body with sellotape: EMITRON CPS Type No.5954. Serial No. (manuscript) R134 2
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).
BBC test card 61, 'Cardboard Kate'
BBC test card 61 flesh tone reference card for colour television cameras, featuring 'Cardboard Kate', developed by the BBC Research Department, 1976-1977.
Kolster Brandes Royal Star television receiver
KB PVP20 'Royal Star' 17" monochrome television receiver.
'Big Ted' from BBC children's television series 'Play School'
'Big Ted', soft toy from BBC children's programme 'Play School', c 1977.
'Humpty' from BBC children's television series 'Playschool'
'Humpty', soft toy from BBC children's programme 'Playschool', c 1977.
Pye B16T television receiver
Pye B16T television receiver, manufactured by Pye Ltd, 1946.
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.
Sony DXC-101P CCD Video Camera
DXC-101P single chip CCD (charged coupled device) camera, manufactured by Sony, Japan, 1988.
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.
Saba 'Jim Nature' portable television receiver
Saba 'Jim Nature' portable television receiver, 1994.
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.
John Logie Baird's test subject 'Stookie Bill'
'Stookie / Stooky Bill' ventiloquist's dummy head. From The Plessey Museum.
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.
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
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.
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.
Type L1 lip microphone
Lip microphone Type L1, specially designed by the BBC and manufactured by Marconi, 1937. In box with equaliser.
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.
Pilot TV-37 television receiver
Pilot TV-37 Candid 3" portable television receiver, 1947-1949.
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).
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'.
Bowjection projection television
'Bowjection' projection television by Rainbow Radio serial no X10013, 1952. Monochrome video projector using the Mullard optical system (2.5 inch tube in a schmidt folded optical system).
Sony XEL-1 OLED Television Receiver, 2008
Sony XEL-1 OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) 11 inch television receiver, manufactured by Sony, Japan, 2008. Serial number 7100023.
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.
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.
'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.
Ekco TA201 television receiver
Ekco TA201 television receiver, 1939. 7" vision only.
Pye V4 12 " television receiver
Pye V4 12 " monochrome television receiver, tabletop model, single channel, Serial Number 985035, known as 'washboard' set.
Media armband for the 119th Open Championship
Media armband for the 119th Open Championship, St Andrew's, 1990.
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.
Baird Model B 'Noah's Ark' Televisor, 1928
Baird Model B Televisor, 1928. These were also known as the 'Dual Exhibition' receiver, or the 'Noah's Ark' receiver.
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.
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.
STC 4035 microphone (modified for Big Ben)
An STC 4035 microphone, made by Standard Telephone and Cables Ltd, about 1950. Modified for broadcasting the chimes of Big Ben, with a special mounting spigot fitted on the back for use directly below the bell.
Watson Model 75 Television Zoom Lens
Watson Model 75 Television Zoom Lens, No. 117, manufactured by W Watson and Sons Limited, London, 1949-52.
Frank Gallagher's Jacket from Channel 4's 'Shameless'
Khaki, Parka style jacket worn by the character Frank Gallagher in the Channel 4 series 'Shameless'. Frank Gallagher was played by David Threlfall.
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, 2006.