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Information Age Gallery: Broadcast
Television and radio networks transformed the spread of information. Discover thermionic valves, the first radio transmitter, television's digital transformation and more on display in the Information Age Gallery.
Loewe multiple valve radio receiver, 1926-1935
Loewe multiple valve radio receiver fitted with one coil and one valve, made by Loewe and Company, Tottenham, London, England, 1926-1935
Sargrove sprayed circuit radio receiver production prototype, 1936-1948
Sargrove sprayed circuit radio receiver (production prototype), made by John Sargrove, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, 1936-1948.
'Radio Celebrities Second Series' cigarette card album, 1934-1940
'Radio Celebrities Second Series' cigarette card album, manufactured by Imperial Tobacco and distributed under the brand name W D and H O Wills and Company, probably Bristol, England, 1934-1940
'Digit Al' soft toy, 2008
'Digit Al' doll, designed by Abbot Mead Vickers BDDO, unknown maker, 2008. Produced to promote the digital television switchover.
Sky+ digital satellite receiver and recorder, 2001
Computing & Data Processing
BSkyB 3000 Sky+ box personal television recorder and digital satellite receiver, made by Pace PLC, 2001
Model of a Television Set Tammeter, 1955-1965
Small external model of a TV set with Tammeter mounted above, made by Television Audience Management Limited, London, England, 1955-1965
Gecophone crystal detector radio set no. 1, 1923
Gecophone crystal detector radio set no. 1, complete with instruction handbook, made by the General Electric Company Limited, British, 1923. Instruction handbook not mentioned in the nominal file (4868), nor on the form 100. Polished mahogany case with a lift up lid and ebonite control panel with a tuning knob and a lever to adjust the detector. The Gecophone Crystal Set No 1 is a simple variometer turned crystal receiver and has connection points for the aerial, earth and headphones.
'Radio Times' volume 119 (Coronation Edition)
June 1953 'Coronation Edition' of the Radio Times, published by BBC Magazines, British, 1953. No. 1542 Special Coronation number, North of England Edition
Antiference Band I (Channel 4) television aerial, 1957-1985
Antiference Band I (Channel 4) television aerial, "H" type, on mounting pole, manufactured by Antiference Limited, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, 1957-1985
moulded unprocessed Bakelite panel ready for ECME, 1936-1955
Moulded unprocessed bakelite panel ready for ECME (Electronic Circuit Making Equipment) machine, probably made by Sargrove Electronics Limited, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, 1936-1955.
Primax moving iron loudspeaker, 1924-1927
Primax loud speaker (sectioned), made by the Sterling Telephone and Electric Company Limited, Dagenham, London, England, 1924-1927
Nokia 'Mediamaster' set-top box, 1997-2002
Computing & Data Processing
Nokia Mediamaster television set top box for use with ONdigital prepaid digital television service, made by Nokia, Sweden, 1997-2002
instruction booklet for Cosmos crystal receiver, 1920-1930
Instruction booklet for Cosmos crystal receiver, made by the Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company, Trafford, Manchester, England, 1920-1930
Pye Band III converter, type F124, 1955-1960
Pye Band III converter, type F124, made by Pye Limited, East Anglia, England, 1955-1960
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
BBC Marconi AXBT ribbon microphone
BBC Marconi AXBT ribbon microphone, inst. no. 498044, made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company Limited, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1944-1959
V2A Marconiphone receiver (long-range model) , 1922-1924
V2A Marconiphone receiver, long-range model, chassis manufactured by Plessey Company Limited, radio manufactured by Marconiphone Company Limited, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1922-1924
A-52 Murphy Radio Receiver, 1938-1939
A52 Murphy Radio Receiver, made by Murphy Radio Limited, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England, introduced 1938
two-valve radio receiver made on the ECME machine, 1947-1948
2 - valve radio receiver made on the ECME machine, made by Sargrove Electronics Ltd, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, 1947-1948
'Radio Celebrities' cigarette card album, 1934-1940
"Radio Celebrities" cigarette card album, manufactured by Imperial Tobacco and distributed under the brand name W D and H O Wills and Company, probably Bristol, England, 1934-1940
BT Voyager 2000 interactive TV system, 1995
Computing & Data Processing
BT Voyager 2000 interactive TV system, i-TV box used in Video on Demand (VOD) and interactive TV trials in Colchester, made by Apple, assembled in Ireland, 1995
De Forest Audion 1906-1915
De Forest Audion, unknown maker, 1906-1915
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.
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.
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 is missing the coil.
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.
Rexophone crystal set with two pairs of Telefunken headphones (out of three), 1923-1930
Rexophone crystal set manufactured by Morch Borthers Limited, London, 1924-1930. Complete with 3 pairs of headphones manufactuered by Telefunken, Germany, 1923-1930. The radio set used tapped inductance tuning and came in a mahogany cabinet with lid, a ‘Xylonite’ control panel available in different colours with imitation marble control knobs and nickel-plated fittings. Gold-plated fittings were supplied for an extra 5/-. It came with terminals for two pairs of headphones and had operating instructions inside the lid. The detector was twin-enclosed cats whiskers / galena detectors with a selector switch on the panel.
Popular Wireless no. 1 vol. 1, 1922
'Popular Wireless' magazine, no. I vol. 1, 3rd June 1922, published by Amalgamated Press Limited, England, 1922
Bush TV22 Television Receiver, 1945-1955
Bush TV22 9 inch television receiver, made by Bush Radio Limited, England, 1945-1955. With band III convertor, 1957
Specimen of television cable, 1936
Specimen of twin-wire balanced lead-covered television cable with conductors kinked at intervals, made by Siemens Brothers & Co Ltd, Woolwich, London, SE18, British, 1936.
Demonstration radio receiver
Demonstration broadcast receiver, unsigned, United Kingdom, 1926
'Radio at a glance' chart, 1925-1935
Rotating chart, "Radio at a glance", unknown maker, British, 1925-1935
Experimental television receiver used by JL Baird in demonstration, made 1925-1926
Television receiving apparatus, made by John Logie Baird, British, made 1925-1926. Used by Baird in the demonstration given by him to members of the Royal Institution and others at Baird’s laboratories at 22 Frith Street, Soho, on 26 January 1926. It consists of a disc, perforated with 30 holes in a spiral, which is arranged to rotate at the same time as a picture scanning disk at the transmitting end. The signals from the transmitter vary in intensity and were sent to the neon lamp in the receiver, where they were made to modulate the light from the neon lamp.
television receiver built from 'Premier Radio' kit, 1945-1955
Television receiver built from "Premier Radio" kit, made by Premier Radio Company, Hackney, London, England, 1945-1955
Bush Internet TV, 2001
Bush Internet Television, Model No: ITV8401, manufactured by Bush, Indonesia, 2001
Radio tuning coil No. 750, 1922-1923
Burndept plug-in inductance coil No. 750, made by Burndept Limited, Blackheath, London, England, 1922-1923.
Antiference 5-element Band III television aerial, 1945-1985
Antiference 5-element Band III television aerial, on mounting pole, manufactured by Antiference Limited, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, 1955-1985
E.S.75 wireless valve, 1883-1930
Type E.S.75 wireless valve, Edison output triode, made by the Edison & Swan United Electric Light Company, Ponders End, London, England, 1883-1930
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.
Amplion loud speaker with wooden horn, 1925
Amplion loud speaker with wooden horn, made by Graham Amplion Limited, Slough, England, 1925
Set concert coils, 1922-1923
One set concert coils, S1, S2, S3, S4, made by Burndept Limited, Blackheath, London, England, 1922-1923.
Radio tuning coil No. 300, 1922-1923
Burndept plug-in inductance coil No. 300, made by Burndept Limited, Blackheath, London, England, 1922-1923.
Burndept 'Ethodyne' superheterodyne receiver, 1926
Burndept 'Ethodyne' superheterodyne receiver, with two frame aerials, made by Burndept Limited, probably Blackheath, London, England, 1925
L.S.2 radio valve, 1920-1938
Radio valve L.S.2, made by the M-O Valve Company, England, 1920-1938
Lissen Headphones, 1922-1930
One pair Lissen headphones for radio reception, manufactured by Lissen Limited, London, England, 1922-1930
Amplifying valve type V24, 1920-1922
Amplifying valve type V24, made by the M-O Valve Company Limited, Hammersmith, London, England, 1920-1922
Radio tuning coil No. 1000, 1922-1923
Burndept plug-in inductance coil No. 1000, made by Burndept Limited, Blackheath, London, England, 1922-1923.
Radio valve, micromesh type 7A.2, 1932-1933
Radio valve, micromesh type 7A.2, made by Standard Telephones and Cables Limited, Foots Cray, London, England, 1932-1933
Mazradia E4M triode valve (McVitie Weston valve collection), 1910-1960
Mazradia E4M triode valve, large horned type, 4-pin base with grid pattern removed, pinch marked 4 18, made by the British Thomson-Houston Company Limited, Rugby, England, 1910-1960. McVitie Weston number = RMW/J124