National Television Collection
The National Television Collection is an unrivalled collection of objects relating to the history and development of television, including John Logie Baird's 1925 experimental apparatus, a diverse range of home television receivers from 1928 to the present day, the Thames Television broadcast camera collection, and a major archive of ITV commercials.
It represents the evolution of the technological means of generating, storing and displaying moving images by electro-mechanical and electronic methods, from the late 19th century up to the present day, and aims to record the development of television content production, particularly in Britain.
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Our television receiver collection documents: the evolution of the technology behind the screen, perceptions of the medium's role in popular culture, and the nature of the television image.
Our unparalleled collection of television studio equipment includes experimental apparatus, production-control equipment, master control equipment, tele-cine and tele-recording machines, and television sound equipment.
Television is a low-pressure realm reflecting mainstream cultural values while behind the scenes is a high-pressure, competitive, unforgiving business. Our collection of television production related objects documents both areas.
The video recorder collection covers recording in the television station and in the home. Beginning with the world's first experimental video recordings, it documents the evolution of video formats right up to the latest digital PVR.
The BBC Collection is an invaluable record of the growth and development of the BBC from 1922 to 2002.
Articles and Fact Sheets
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