Vintage TV

Visit to the British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum

You can find a current detailed flyer on the REMS website at . Click on the tab 'Events: current' top left of the title page to go to a list of event flyers

This visit has been organised by John Belling for REMS/IOP.

Description: The British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum (BVWTM) is an unrivalled collection of early radios, televisions, loudspeakers and radiograms that grew from one man’s personal interest to become a source of information and delight for enthusiasts and experts from around the world. The Museum was originally created by one enthusiast, Gerry Wells, who was born in the property which became the Museum. Starting with wireless, he began to collect as many sets as he could and created a private museum at his house in 1974. There is a wide range of radios, televisions, speakers and radiograms exhibited, from the dawn of wireless up to the last valve models ever made and early transistor models.  

The BVWTM has inspired the formation of many wireless museums. It is, however, now the only viable and working wireless museum in the UK open to the public. Many radio and television programmes have been produced in and about the museum which have encouraged the preservation and understanding of this national heritage and gained worldwide recognition.

The museum comprises a number of rooms:

  •  ‘Gerry’s workshop’ – early radios from the 1920s and WW2 communications receivers, including the R1155 which was installed in many WW2 bombers, including the Lancaster and Wellington;
  • ‘American’ radio room, but which also includes gems such as Vera Lynn’s radiogram, and J Paul Getty’s TV-radiogram
  • The ‘Droitwich’ room, which contains, amongst other items, the Cossor radio collection;
  •  The TV room: you can see George VI’s TV-radiogram, and a 1936 Marconi dual-standard TV which could receive programmes in the Baird 250 lines/25 frames per sec standard, and the EMI 405 line/50 frames (interlaced) standard. We will be shown a recording of the first BBC TV transmission after the end of WW2, and nostalgic recordings of advertisements from the early days of ITV, all shown on TV sets of the time, and possibly the Marconi 1936 dual standard TV in  operation.
  •  The ‘Daventry’ room: this houses the Murphy radio collection;
  • The ‘Cabin’, where you can see the Phillips and Echo collection;
  • The ‘Portables’ room – transistor radios (can’t use the abbreviation popular at the time, these days!) and ghetto blasters from the past. The collection includes a wind-up radio signed by the cricketer Trevor Bailey, and some miniature pocket TVs. 

Where and when to meet: 11:00 (refreshments) for an 11:30 start, at the Museum, 23 Rosendale Road, Dulwich, SE21 8DS 

Travel advice, Lunch details, cost (£10 + personal expenditure) contacts and size of party (23) are set out in the REMS flyer - see initial advisory para. above. Note especially the guidance on pre-ordering your pub lunch at the Rosendale.

Organised By
John Belling for REMS/LSE
19 Sep 2019 11:00 to 17:00
The British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
SE21 8DS
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