A grand day out...


From my Radio Websites column in Radio User, May 2013

The National Media Museum in Bradford is worth a trip if you are in Yorkshire. I went recently and there is plenty to see over eight floors. The basement covers the history of photography, and there is plenty for the radio listener and television watcher too. Sets from Wallace and Gromit and Morph always go down well, the display of vintage Radio Times caught my eye and the video vault enables you to choose a programme and watch at your leisure in a booth. Our choice of the first ever Dr Who episode was quite something – the paucity of the script, set and film work made us wonder who it ever got commissioned for a second series! www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

Tours are available of the New Broadcasting House in London and details of these 90 minutes of the tour are at www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/tours/bh_london.shtml 

If you would like a virtual tour of Television Centre’s final days, I’d point you to the Flickr stream  of Kris Wood at http://www.flickr.com/photos/krisdwood/ as well as reading the article on 14 March 2013 of the Londonist http://londonist.com/

While dwelling on past Beeb buildings you might like this last look inside Bush House. A blog called Normal Stop covers BBC World Service equipment and studio operations in Bush House from the late 1950s to the last transmission on 12th July 2012. http://radiooperations.blogspot.co.uk/

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