Experience TV

Closure of Experience TV

On 30 August 2016, Experience TV will close to make way for our brand new interactive gallery, Wonderlab. The objects currently in Experience TV will still be part of our collections, and you’ll be able to visit them through Collection Tours and visits to our Insight research facility. However, this is your last chance to say a fond farewell to the gallery as you know it – don’t miss out!

Before Experience TV closes its doors, we’re offering guided tours of all the best bits. From 15 August, Curator-led tours focused on our television collection (suitable for ages 10+) will take place Monday – Friday at 12 noon, and interactive Production Zone tours (suitable for ages 7+) will take place every day at 15:00.

The Experience TV Gallery

Who invented television and when did it begin in Britain? What does a vision mixer do? What did TV sets look like in the sixties? Why do we have adverts on TV and how much are we influenced by what we see? Find the answers to all these questions and explore the exciting world of television in our interactive Experience TV gallery.

The Race for Television
Objects from our collections illustrate the evolution of television. Understand the scientific principles behind television technology and read about its earliest pioneers. See John Logie Baird's original apparatus and learn about the development of television, from the first scientific breakthrough in 1877 to the evolution of colour transmissions, recording devices and satellite TV.

Gallery of Televisions
See a large selection of domestic television receivers and use our interactive guide to learn about each TV set.

The Production Zone
Cast actors in a brand new drama, vision mix a soap opera, present the news, operate a camera in our mock-up studio and experiment with video editing... You can try your hand at any of these roles in our Production Zone. Learn about the chroma key technique and be the star of your own show – walk with dinosaurs, forecast the weather or hang out with the Teletubbies.

BBC Collection
See a selection of objects from the BBC Collection – an invaluable record of the growth and development of the BBC over the past 90 years. Explore some of the objects online.

Experience TV continues in the opposite gallery, across the staircase.

The Business of Television
Uncover the business behind the small screen and discover how television is funded, who decides what we watch and how the industry has changed over the years. Learn about the art of advertising, and the 'three Rs': research, regulations and ratings. You'll learn about the importance of scheduling, and you can try out our special interactive to see how many viewers your channel would get.

The Power of Television
Is television the most influential invention of the 20th century? Discover how TV can shape our attitudes, knowledge and lifestyles. Learn about how it's used to influence public opinion and highlight important issues. Step into our viewing booth to watch iconic moments from the history of television – how many do you remember?

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