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British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum

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SE21 8DS Dulwich (SE London), Great Britain (UK)

Address 23 Rosendale Road
 
 
Floor area 120 m² / 1 292 ft²  
 
Museum typ Exhibition
Radio and Kommunication in general
  • TV and image recording
  • Tubes/Valves / Semiconductors
  • Radios (Broadcast receivers)
  • Measuring Instruments, Lab Equipment


Opening times
By appointment only. Please phone in advance if you wish to visit

Admission
Status from 07/2021
Free entry, donations expected.

Contact
Tel.:+44-20-86 70 36 67  eMail:info bvwtm.org.uk  

Homepage www.bvwtm.org.uk

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Location / Directions
N51.440900° W0.090600°N51°26.45400' W0°5.43600'N51°26'27.2400" W0°5'26.1600"

We point to West Dulwich railway station.
It is in the London Borough of Southwark in West Dulwich south London. It is in Fare Zone 3, and the station and all trains are operated by Southeastern. The station is exactly 5 miles (8.0 km) from London Victoria and is located east of Croxted Road and is situated opposite Belair Park.

Some example model pages for sets you can see there:

GB: Ekco, E.K.Cole Ltd.; AD65 (1934)

Description

The property housing the museum has had a rich heritage of radio and electricity. Alfred Rickard Taylor (an early wireless enthusiast) lived here from 1908 to 1914. In 1914 Mr. Frank Wells (Gerald's father) purchased the property.

The Museum for vintage wireless has been in existence since 1974 and now includes televisions.

The "British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum" has inspired the start of many wireless museums. It is, however, now the only viable and working wireless museum in the UK. Many radio and television programmes have been produced about the Museum which have encouraged the history being preserved for the nation whilst gaining worldwide recognition.

The Museum has an ever-expanding range of radios, televisions, speakers and radiograms from the dawn of radio up to the last valve model ever made. Items of interest to academics, historians, manufacturers and collectors are on exhibition. The Museum consists of two buildings making thirteen rooms with 1300 wireless receivers on show, along with many display cabinets of components and wireless associated artefacts, also a period shop. There is a valve laboratory enabling the manufacture of early Triode valves (the three electrode valve) plus workshops to demonstrate the manufacture of chassis, cabinets and associated parts for wireless construction.

Several examples of BBC equipment are on display and in numerous cases are working, for example the 625 to 405 line standards converter. High-definition television started on the 405 line standard in 1936. The 405 line television service was phased out by 1985.

Those with memories of the black and white era are still able to see these fine sets on 405 line working.


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Gerry Wells 1929 -2014
Michael Watterson
28.Dec.14
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The British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum

West Dulwich, London
Curator: Gerald Wells

Patron: David Dimbleby

Registered Charity No. 1111516

The British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum was originally Gerry Well's home. He lived in the Museum.

There is a book about his life called "Obsession", available from BVWS.

Mike Barker, trustee of the British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum released this statement:
 

Gerry Wells 1929 - 2014

We regret to inform you that after a short stay in hospital, Gerry Wells died late on the 22nd December.

As usual at this time of year, the Museum is closed to visitors (although manned daily) over the Christmas period.

Further arrangements will be communicated as they become known.

Thank you for all of your support.

Eileen and the Museum team.

Gerry Wells was much loved and an inspiration to the UK Vintage collectors that knew him.

The three best known UK Vintage Forums: UKVRR, VRAT and Golbourne have threads on this.

 
British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
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