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Message started by ahess on Nov 16th, 2009, 3:54pm

Title: Tracing the Life of the 2LO Transmitter
Post by ahess on Nov 16th, 2009, 3:54pm

Hello Everyone,

I am looking for help in tracing the life of the 2LO transmitter, which, for those of you who don't know, was the BBC's first radio transmitter which launched the then Company in November 1922. I know it is very unlikely that anyone will remember its working life, between 1922-1929, so I am more interested in finding out what happened to it in the years that followed.

I know 2LO was moved to Brookman's Park in 1929 and stayed there until the early 2000s. Does anyone remember seeing it during this time?  I also know that it went through two distinct periods of restoration, in the 1950s and the 1970s. Can you remember this happening? Were you involved? It has also been rumoured that 2LO was exhibited at different times, though I have found no concrete evidence of this- can you help me with this? In 2002 it joined the Science Museum as part of their collection with the hope that it will be exhibited in the next couple of years.

I am working as part of a collaboration between the Science Museum and Royal Holloway, University of London on an AHRC doctoral program. I would very much like to hear from you it you have any thoughts on this topic or any questions about the project in general.

Title: Re: Tracing the Life of the 2LO Transmitter
Post by Administrator on Nov 27th, 2009, 10:00am

Are you aware of the Brookmans Park village website?

It would be worth posting your query there, too, since some retired transmitter staff use that site.

It also contains two short histories of the transmitter station:


Good luck

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