Recollections of BBC engineering from 1922 to 1997
The British Broadcasting Corporation
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,.The references below are grouped into topics, places and organisations, with links to this web site and many others. 




Chronology of Communication Events: A global perspective from an author based at Harvard.


Features Index on MB21.  Recommendation: Tales from a Cold Field, by Ray Cooper.

Research, Designs, Equipment, Comms Projects, Transmitter Projects, Studio & O.B. Ops., Comms Ops., Transmitter Ops. and War on BBCeng.

Studios Radiophonic Museum
Radiophonic Museum of BBC Audio Engineering and Design (in Stockport). This is a living, working museum rather than just a repository of relics in glass cabinets. Much of the restored BBC heritage is used on a daily basis by a younger generation of musicians and engineers who have never seen anything like it and find it amazing to work with. 

Normal Stop
BBC World Service equipment and studio operations in Bush House from the late 1950s to the last transmission on 12th July 2012.

Old broadcasting equipment and memories
Pictures of old BBC radio equipment and memories from the people who used it.

The Tech Ops History site
Pictures and memories from "the golden age of television".

An incomplete history of London's television studios
Deals mostly with the main large studio complexes that have a history that goes back to the origins of ITV and the BBC.

Museum of the Broadcast Television Camera
This site is under construction, but already has many pictures of television cameras as well as information about them.


Mainly in Designs, Eng Inf and Technical Reviews on BBCeng.
'Wonders of World Engineering':  Engineering articles from the 1930s, including Television and Droitwich.


The British Heritage Television Group Alexandra Palace and more.

MHP - Home of the Test Card Gallery: Dedicated to everything television.

The Test Card Circle: Test cards and associated music that was played during BBC and ITV Trade Test Transmissions.

Animated clocks: Includes the BBC's first electronically generated clock, as originally designed by Richard Russell.

VT Old Boys: From VERA to D3 - the entire history of videotape in the BBC.

Slow motion video - 1966 style: An article by Peter Rainger, ex-Head of BBC Designs Department.


UK Terrestrial Radio & TV Transmitters: Information about past, present and future transmitters.

ET4336 RCA transmitter.  Radio Bygones Magazine, No. 87 Feb/Mar 2004 (Part 1) and No 88 (Part 2).

A Passion for Radio: A personal view of BBC transmitting stations.  Many good pictures.


Places (e.g. Transmitting stations)

...on BBCeng

See Specific Transmitter Sites.

...on mb21

See The Transmission Gallery.


Two Emma Toch - Writtle LINK NOT WORKING. PLEASE MAKE CONTACT IF KNOW OF A REPLACEMENT : Item 36 is a play about events leading up to the formation of the BBC. 

Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace Television Society.   "Direct Television from Alexandra Palace".


Athlone transmitting station: Early Marconi and Brown-Boveri transmitters that still exist (RTE not BBC).

Brookmans Park

Brookmans Park: The London Twin-Wave Broadcasting Station,  A Descriptive BBC Souvenir 1930.

A History of BP transmitting station


The Washford Radio Museum is moving to Watchet.  A link will be added in due course
If you know of any important examples of BBC Transmission equipment that are in danger of being scrapped, please contact Neil Wilson, curator of the Radio Museum.


Organisations  (past and present)


Arqiva owns the transmitting stations that used to form the home service of BBC Transmission prior to privatisation in 1997.

Babcock Communications Part of Babcock International Group. Operates transmitting stations that used to form the world service part of BBC Transmission prior to privatisation in 1997.  Between 1997 and 2010 this function was carried out by Merlin Communications and then VT Communications.


See top half of Home page for links to pages on BBCeng that deal with BBC Departments.

BBC Research publication archive including "BBC Engineering" and "BBC Monographs"

BBC Comms Department: A site intended for the interest and benefit of ex-Communications Department staff.

BBC Radiophonic Workshop: An engineering perspective.

BBC Memories web site: Memories sent in to BBC Heritage by ex-BBC staff. (Web site now closed!)

BBC Pensioners Association

Noticeboard for former BBC staff

BBC Heritage


Kelly Books Limited New & second-hand books & magazines relating to radio and television.

Crown Castle

Crown Castle International: Owned Crown Castle UK between 1997 and 2004, then sold to National Grid Wireless. 

Eddystone Radio

Eddystone User Group: Dedicated to radio receivers (Eddystone was also a BBC contractor for transmitters).


Marconi Calling: Early years of wireless technology.

Henry Joseph Round:  Co-designer of 2LO and an unrecognised pioneer who achieved a great deal more.

Marconi Veterans Marconi Veterans Association
NTL NTL Pension Association: NTL provided radio and television transmission services for commercial broadcasters.

Science Museum

Science Museum: Information about 2LO, the BBC's first transmitter.


British Vintage Wireless Society: Preservation and restoration of Vintage radio and related equipment.

Time Machine : A museum project that includes a BBC studio clock system and one of the earliest oven controlled oscillators used by the BBC.
Museum of Communication Burntisland, Scotland.

WayBack Machine - Internet archive This website captures bbceng web pages, amongst many others, and includes BBC Engineering Monographs

Wireless World Archive from 1913 to 1984.