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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.
Spiral metal wire used in BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Spiral metal wire on domed metal base. Part of BBC Radiophonic Workshop collection.
Badge worn by BBC television crew
Badge worn by BBC television crew for the UK Indoor Bowls championship, 1987.
'Smash Martian' model mother
Model constructed to promote Cadbury's `Smash' mashed potato as part of an advertising campaign, 1970-1974: Mother
Pye Engineering Services Ltd. banquet
Silver gelatin photograph by Cecil Walden Ltd showing group of Pye Engineering Services Ltd. employees during a banquet.
Aerial view of W.G. Pye factory
Silver gelatin photograph by unknown photographer showing an aerial view of the W.G. Pye factory in Haig Road, Cambridge. During the 1960s, the site was taken over by Pye Telecom and became known as the "Cambridge Worls", according to the Pye Museum.
Soldiers marching in front of building
Silver gelatin postcard produced by Eastman Kodak during WWII. Showing regiment of soldiers marching in front of a building in an unknown location. Charles Orr (C.O.) Stanley is presumed to be amongst the group.
Soldiers standing at attention
Silver gelatin postcard produced by Eastman Kodak during WWII. Showing standing at attention in unknown location. Charles Orr (C.O.) Stanley is presumed to be amongst the group.
C.O. Stanley at airport
Gelatin silver print by Fox Photos. Ltd showing Charles Orr (C.O.) Stanley disembarking an Irish Arilines flight at an unspecified airport.
BBC MCT/1/113 Microphone Cable Tester
BBC MCT/1/113 Microphone Cable Tester, c.1950. This unit was designed for testing studio & O.B. microphone leads for continuity & noise.
Photograph of the first televised Wimbledon tournament
Photograph of a television screen showing the first televised Wimbledon tournament, 1937.
Spare gimbal from BBC Global Video Unit hexacopter drone
Spare gimbal from Hexacopter drone kit and digital video camera. The kit was built by the Global Video Unit and used to collect video footage for the BBC's news platforms worldwide.
Photograph of the televised opening ceremony of the 1948 Olympic Games
Photograph of the televised opening ceremony of the 1948 Olympic Games, taken by Hawke.
Photograph of the first televised Wimbledon Championship
Photograph Photograph of the first televised Wimbledon Championship, 1937, showng an Emitron camera installed at Centre Court.
Splicing tape used in BBC Radiophonic Workshop
BASF Klebeband PW254 (splicing tape). Part of BBC Radiophonic Workshop collection.
Triangle musical instrument used in BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Triangle musical instrument. Part of BBC Radiophonic Workshop collection.
Percussion mallet used in BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Percussion mallet. Part of BBC Radiophonic Workshop collection.
Combined black-and-white telev
Combined black-and-white television and radio receiver, model no. 709, made by Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co. Ltd, c. 1939.
Cigarette filled Ashtray from Channel 4's 'Shameless'
Circular ashtray filled with cigarettes from the set of Channel 4 series 'Shameless'.
Collection of historic television artefacts, 1950-1970
Collection of historic television artefacts, 1950-1970
Street Sign from Channel 4's 'Shameless'
Street Sign from the set of Channel 4 series 'Shameless'. The sign reads; Chatsworth Estate: NOTICE: No Ball Games Allowed. The Chatsworth Estate is the fictional Manchester housing estate where the series was set.
Police Sign from Channel 4's 'Shameless'
Police sign from the set of Channel 4 series 'Shameless'. The sign reads; Chatsworth Police Station North Manchester Police. Chatsworth is the fictional area in which the series was set.
Clave used in BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Dark wood clave (percussion instrument). Part of BBC Radiophonic Workshop collection.
Drumstick used in BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Wooden drumstick with end broken off. Part of BBC Radiophonic Workshop collection.
Guitar Capo used in BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Guitar capo. Part of BBC Radiophonic Workshop collection.
Small percussion mallet used in BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Small percussion mallet with black rubber head. Part of BBC Radiophonic Workshop collection.
Photograph of a Super-Emitron camera captruing the Pole Vault
Photograph of a Super-Emitron camera captruing the Pole Vault at the White City Stadium, 1938.
BBC Television Spotlight
BBC television spotlight, made by Cox, Hargreaves & Thomson Ltd, London.
Media pass for Paralympic World Cup
Media pass, worn by a broadcaster at the Paralympic World Cup, Manchester.
Photograph of Emitron camera captruing the Hurdles race
Photograph of Emitron camera captruing the Hurdles race at the Oxford and Cambridge Athlete Sports at the White City Stadium, 1938.
Pye Mark III picture monitor, c 1952
Pye Mark III picture monitor, c 1952. Stack of three electronic modules, top and bottom with pink monitor screens, centre with control panel. Bottom section has side panel missing.
Nac E-10 camera
Nac E-10 High Speed camera, power supply unit (PSU) and Control unit (Broken).
Sinclair FTV1 (TV-80) miniature television receiver
Sinclair FTV1 (alias TV-80) miniature television with case, 1983. This early portable flat screen was not successful. One of the reasons was the special lithium batteries it required, considered very expensive at the time. The flat screen is not an LCD screen, but a special cathode ray tube. Retail price was 79.95 Pounds.
Vinten Model H 35mm film cine camera
Vinten Model H 35mm intermediate film cinema believed to have been used in conjunction with Baird Television's system in Studio B at Alexandra Palace, London 1936.
BBC CMCR 10 outside broadcast vehicle
BBC CMCR 10 outside broadcast vehicle (mobile colour television control room) manufactured by Pye 1970-1971. Registration number AMU 404H. Uses EMI 2001 cameras.
Sony High Definition HDC-100 HD camera head, 1988
HDC-100 HD camera head, manufactured by Sony, 1988. High Definition Video System, Serial no 10703. Number '2' painted on front of camera body above lens turret. Fitted with Nikon R& lens (1997-5291/5). Part of Sony High Definition camera chain, 1988.
Philips Type 835 Professional LaserVision laser player
Philips Type 835 Professional LaserVision laser player, 1986. VP835/05R, manufactured in Belgium.
Ultra 6749 Bermuda colour television receiver
Colour television receiver, Ultra Model 6749 'Bermuda'.
'Dapple' from BBC children's television series 'Playschool'
'Dapple' the rocking horse from BBC children's television series 'Playschool', c 1977
CBS-Columbia RX-28 television receiver
CBS-Columbia RX-28 field-sequential colour television receiver prototype, 1946-48. This is the only known example of the RX-28 prototype (sadly, it is missing its outer cabinet and oil-filled screen magnifier). Very few CBS-Columbia field-sequential colour sets have survived. The set uses a 5" monochrome picture tube (not installed, but probably a DuMont type 5JP4 or RCA 5BP4). RCA bakelite knobs.
Post Office Television Detector Van
Post Office Television Detector Van. Employed in Northern Ireland, built by post office engineering. Based on a Dodge Commer Van 1959-1963. Registration number LYK 126X, Chassis number PBCA 2590L432644, Engine number 7221-0044.
BBC Broadcasting House Studio Slave Clocks
Four studio slave clocks installed at BBC Broadcasting House made by Gents of Leicester.
Canovision EX1 Hi-8 Camcorder kit
Canovision EX1 Hi-8 Camcorder kit, manufactured by Canon, 1980s. Kit includes 2 x zoom lenses (3x and 15x) and all accessories in fitted case.
Autodesk (Discreet Logic) Flint on SGI computer graphics system
Autodesk (Discreet Logic) Flint on SGI computer graphics system.
BBC 'Bijou' Crystal Set Receiver Type 6
BBC Radiola 'Bijou' crystal set Type 6, 1923. Made by British Thomson-Houston Co Ltd, Rugby. Serial No R23301.
Marconiphone model 702 mirror lid television receiver
Marconiphone mirror lid television receiver model 702, c. 1938. Lid is not original.
Studer B62 Audio Tape Recorder
Studer B62 stereo audio tape recorder (with VU meter), Ser. No. 4755, c.1963.