27 August, 2009

More Museum filming: the BBC and our historic television sets

I was summoned to the Experience TV gallery by our marketing team last Friday -- and found Curator of Television, Iain Baird, chatting into a camera for a BBC crew.

Iain was being interviewed for a report by BBC Breakfast about the final days of mass television manufacture in the UK -- you can see the film up on the BBC's website today. 'End of the line for British TVs' is timed to coincide with the last TV rolling off the production line at Toshiba's Plymouth factory, which is being closed after 28 years in operation.

Iain (who -- if the surname hasn't given it away already -- is the grandson of television inventor John Logie Baird) takes the opportunity to show off some of the grand old British-made televisions in our collection, including the iconic Keracolor Sphere and the original 40-guinea Baird Televisor -- which, as Iain tells the BBC, was exhibited in London on an aspidistra-covered stand, "to show it was a non-threatening technology and quite safe to approach".

Don't head off to watch the video just yet though -- I've got a couple more behind-the-scenes pics for you first.


scott davidson said...

As an artist myself, I enjoy reading Philip Koch's sensitive writing about Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth, who along with Whistler and Rothko, are my favorite American painters.
I don't live in the United States but have traveled and passed a short time there. But even with the little time spent in your beautiful country, especially in small-town America, I can relate to some of the poetical feel that Hopper and Wyeth had captured in their art, which is for me part of the attraction of their paintings.
Browsing at wahooart.com the other day, as I do now and then, I find a good selection of Edward Hopper's work, http://EN.WahooArt.com/@/EdwardHopper ,in the big archive of Western Art, that customers can order online for canvas prints and even hand-painted, oil-painting reproductions can be made and sent to them.
Hopper's surrealistic and depersonalized world is there again. Timeless, yes, as it is still there now in the roadside cafes and diners that I ate at all over America.

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