Museum Hours:

Saturday 10-6

Sunday 12-5

Early Television Museum

British, European & South American TV

When British television resumed in 1946,  it re-started right at the same point in a cartoon where it was shut off in 1939.  Then the announcer Jasmine Bligh came on and said, "Sorry for the interruption of our programme service.  Our next presentation is..."  As if nothing had happened!

By 1947, only 15,000 British homes had television sets, and there was only one TV station, in London. Growth was much slower than in the U.S., with only 344,000 television homes by 1950. By 1949, only one additional station was on the air, in Birmingham.

More on Postwar British and European Television

Airborne link between Europe and Africa Hungarian Sets
Alphabetical listing of postwar sets Jon Evans - information on TV manufacturers
Baird large screen 1947 set Modulator Kit for 405 line sets available
Brazilian TV history Polish Prototype 441 line set
Czechoslovakian TV receivers Russian postwar sets
Eight Tube (Valve) French Receiver Standards Converter for 405 line British TV
Eckhard Etzold's Website Technical information on British postwar sets
Ekco 1945 advertisement Television pioneers
Eurovision Theatre television systems
French TV in 1947 Venezuela's first TV station
Home projection systems  

British Sets in our collection

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Ambassador TV-2

Baird Townsman

Baird T163

Baird 165 

Bush TV-12/22

Decca 1000

Dynatron Ether Sovereign

GEC BT1091

HMV 1805

HMV 2807

Murphy V114  

Murphy V136

Philips 799

Philips 6027/6028

Pye LV21C

European Sets in our collection

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Compagnie Des Compteurs TV-49 (France)

Grammont 504-A-31(France)

Kuba Komet (Germany)

Philips 14TX100 (Holland)

Philips TX400 (Holland)

Saba P 1026 H (Germany)

Tesla 4001