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"Unleashing the Waves of Music and Stories: A Journey through Radio History" Step aboard the Pirate Radio ship, Radio Caroline

Background imageRadio Collection: Pirate Radio ship, Radio Caroline, Essex coast

Pirate Radio ship, Radio Caroline, Essex coast
The pirate radio ship, Radio Caroline, anchored off the Essex coast near Walton-on-the-Naze, with a boat alongside. circa 1966

Background imageRadio Collection: Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers - the Goons 1972

Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers - the Goons 1972
Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers - the Goons, get together for the first time in 12 years for the BBC 50th anniversary

Background imageRadio Collection: GEORGE ORWELL (1903-1950). Pseudonym of Eric Blair. English novelist and essayist

GEORGE ORWELL (1903-1950). Pseudonym of Eric Blair. English novelist and essayist. Orwell broadcasting over the BBC in London, England, in 1943

Background imageRadio Collection: Pirate Radio ship, Radio London, Essex coast

Pirate Radio ship, Radio London, Essex coast

Background imageRadio Collection: Marconi radio apparatus

Marconi radio apparatus
Marconi radio equipment on a ship. The equipment includes headphones and a Morse code key (lower centre). The equipment is labelled (left-right)

Background imageRadio Collection: BBC 1935

BBC 1935
Spread from Radio Pictorial Annual showing the British Broadcasting Centre including the interior with the vaudeville studio, the gramaphone effects studio, concert hall, council chamber

Background imageRadio Collection: Danny Kaye / Rko Radio

Danny Kaye / Rko Radio
DANNY KAYE American entertainer of stage, screen and television Date: 1913 -

Background imageRadio Collection: Archie Andrews, Peter Brough and Vera Lynn

Archie Andrews, Peter Brough and Vera Lynn
Forces Sweetheart Vera Lynn at the BBC, recording with Peter Brough and famous ventriloquist dummy, Archie Andrews, 1944. Lynn had only just returned from a tour of India

Background imageRadio Collection: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - still from the Radio Picture Ltd production Shall We Dance?

Background imageRadio Collection: Alexandra Palace, the home of the B. B. C. The large transmitt

Alexandra Palace, the home of the B. B. C. The large transmitt
Alexandra Palace as the home of the B.B.C television service in 1936 showing the mast and transmitting aerials for vision and sound

Background imageRadio Collection: Tape recorder

Tape recorder
Ampex reel-to-reel tape recorder and Gates Radio Company modulation monitor, photographed in recording studio mock-up at Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum, Pontiac, Illinois

Background imageRadio Collection: Police in London

Police in London
Police officers on the radio in the street in London. Metropolitan Police

Background imageRadio Collection: Bonzo adds a fifth to the quartet

Bonzo adds a fifth to the quartet
Bonzo, listening to music on the radio, adds a fifth to the quartet, and starts to howl. Date: 1923

Background imageRadio Collection: Metropolitan Police walkie talkie radio

Metropolitan Police walkie talkie radio
A Metropolitan Police walkie talkie radio

Background imageRadio Collection: W. Heath Robinson

W. Heath Robinson
Cartoon, Heath Robinsons Broadcast Drawing. My Wireless Set showing an old radio. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the Estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/ILN/Mary Evan"

Background imageRadio Collection: ROBERTS R RADIO 1970S

ROBERTS R RADIO 1970S
A trendy Roberts R portable radio

Background imageRadio Collection: Marconi and his wireless telegraph apparatus, 1899-1900 (silver gelatin print)

Marconi and his wireless telegraph apparatus, 1899-1900 (silver gelatin print)
MNY381513 Marconi and his wireless telegraph apparatus, 1899-1900 (silver gelatin print) by Byron Company (fl.1890-1942); 20.3x25.4 cm; Museum of the City of New York

Background imageRadio Collection: The Evening Wireless - Komarjan Bridge, WW1

The Evening Wireless - Komarjan Bridge, WW1
The Surrey Yeomanry on the Struma Valley Front, Salonika 1917-1918. The Evening Wireless - Komarjan Bridge. By Frank Algernon Stewart (1877-1945). 1917-1918

Background imageRadio Collection: Lovell Telescope

Lovell Telescope
The brainchild of Sir Bernard Lovell, the Lovell Radio Telescope was for many years the largest in the world and dominates the Cheshire countryside for miles around. Date: 1960s

Background imageRadio Collection: Underside of Arecibo radio telescope

Underside of Arecibo radio telescope
Arecibo radio observatory. View of the underside of the dish antenna of the Arecibo radio telescope, the worlds largest. Built into a volcanic crater in Puerto Rico, Arecibos dish is made of 38

Background imageRadio Collection: Marconi radio valve

Marconi radio valve. This is a Marconi transmitter valve of the type M.T.6. Marconi patented his radio equipment in 1896, founding a company in 1897 to build the new equipment

Background imageRadio Collection: Marconi with his radio, 19th century

Marconi with his radio, 19th century
Marconi with his radio, 19th-century artwork. The apparatus consists of a receiver and a transmitter. Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937)

Background imageRadio Collection: Police Car Chase 1991

Police Car Chase 1991
Police officers driving a police car during a car chase, on the radio and wearing seatbelts. Metropolitan Police on an emergency call

Background imageRadio Collection: Radio Station Tower at Tuckerton, NJ

Radio Station Tower at Tuckerton, NJ
Radio Station Tower at Tuckerton, New Jersey - 850 feet high Date: circa 1920s

Background imageRadio Collection: Model of Russian Molniya-1 satellite

Model of Russian Molniya-1 satellite
Molniya 1 communications satellite. Model of a Molniya-1 military communications satellite in its orbital configuration. Molniya-1 was the first attempt by the Soviet Union to provide satellite-based

Background imageRadio Collection: Shukhov broadcasting tower

Shukhov broadcasting tower
The Shukhov radio tower, Moscow, photographed at night. Also known as the Shabolovka tower, this broadcasting tower was designed by architect Vladimir Shukhov to serve the Russian capital

Background imageRadio Collection: VLA (Very Large Array) of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, New Mexico

VLA (Very Large Array) of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, New Mexico, United States of America, North America

Background imageRadio Collection: 1957 nuclear test: Fall-out

1957 nuclear test: Fall-out
Fallout: The sinister and prolonged after-effect of nuclear explosions: a drawing illustrating some characteristics of this haunting phenomenon.An illustration by special Illustrated London News

Background imageRadio Collection: England / Lyme Regis

England / Lyme Regis
A glimpse of Lyme Regis High Street, Dorset, England, showing a young man on a bicycle outside Cox & Humphries radio shop and the church in the background

Background imageRadio Collection: Hat Wireless 1930S

Hat Wireless 1930S
A man tunes into his hat radio!

Background imageRadio Collection: Marconi Transmitter

Marconi Transmitter
Marconi transmitting apparatus

Background imageRadio Collection: VLA (Very Large Array) of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, New Mexico

VLA (Very Large Array) of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, New Mexico, United States of America, North America

Background imageRadio Collection: Vacuuming a Wireless

Vacuuming a Wireless
Frequent cleaning of a wireless set (radio) can easily be done with use of the spare parts of a Hoover vacuum cleaner

Background imageRadio Collection: Largest Wireless Valve

Largest Wireless Valve
The worlds largest wireless valve, being made in a factory in Germany

Background imageRadio Collection: BBC Disc Jockey. Noel Edmonds. 15th January 1976

BBC Disc Jockey. Noel Edmonds. 15th January 1976

Background imageRadio Collection: Electric power was cut off to a fifth of Britain as electricity workers

Electric power was cut off to a fifth of Britain as electricity workers carried out the first day of a work to rule industrial action. News by candlelight and battery power

Background imageRadio Collection: The New Magic: Sending Pictures by Wireless and the Unescapable Telephone, c1935

The New Magic: Sending Pictures by Wireless and the Unescapable Telephone, c1935. From Our Wonderful World, Volume II, edited by J.A. Hammerton. [The Amalgamated Press, Ltd. London]

Background imageRadio Collection: BBC broadcast from the aviary at London Zoo, 20th century

BBC broadcast from the aviary at London Zoo, 20th century. Officials of the British Broadcasting Corporation, preparing to broadcast sounds from the aviary at London Zoo

Background imageRadio Collection: France. Paris. Notre Dame. Rose window

France. Paris. Notre Dame. Rose window

Background imageRadio Collection: Woman police officer attending an accident

Woman police officer attending an accident where a man appears to have fallen off a ladder. She is speaking into her hand-held radio. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageRadio Collection: Handley Page Halifax VI RG815 Mercury of the RAF

Handley Page Halifax VI RG815 Mercury of the RAF
Handley Page Halifax VI, RG815, Mercury of the RAF Empire Radio School, Debden, prior to its 25, 000-mile tour of Palestine, Iraq, India, Burma, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand in 1946

Background imageRadio Collection: Queen Elizabeth II caricature

Queen Elizabeth II caricature
Queen Elizabeth II (b. 1926), pictured in caricature about to give her a speech over the radio. Date: 1986

Background imageRadio Collection: Lee De Forest, US radio pioneer

Lee De Forest, US radio pioneer
Lee De Forest (1873-1961), American radio pioneer, holding the triode valve, or Audion tube, that he invented. De Forest studied at Yale, gaining his doctorate with a thesis on radio waves

Background imageRadio Collection: Wireless officer sending a message by Morse Code from on board a ship, 1916

Wireless officer sending a message by Morse Code from on board a ship, 1916
Wireless officer sending a message by morse code from on board a ship, 1916. Wireless telegraphy at sea was made possible by the type of sending

Background imageRadio Collection: Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin, the German Shepherd dog who featured in film, radio and television productions, circa 1928. This portrait was released as publicity for the film, Land of the Silver Fox

Background imageRadio Collection: View over the Berlin Wall in 1985, towards the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz in East Berlin

View over the Berlin Wall in 1985, towards the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz in East Berlin, at night, Berlin, Germany, Europe

Background imageRadio Collection: Guglielmo Marconi, radio inventor

Guglielmo Marconi, radio inventor
Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), Italian physicist and inventor of the radio. Marconi patented his radio system in Britain, established the Marconis Wireless Telegraph Company in London in 1897



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"Unleashing the Waves of Music and Stories: A Journey through Radio History" Step aboard the Pirate Radio ship, Radio Caroline, as we set sail along the enchanting Essex coast. In 1972, comedic geniuses Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, and Peter Sellers - famously known as The Goons - took to the airwaves with their hilarious banter. But radio's influence stretches far beyond comedy. Even George Orwell himself, under his pseudonym Eric Blair, graced the BBC in London in 1943 with his thought-provoking broadcasts that captivated listeners across England. Another legendary pirate radio ship emerged on the scene - Radio London. Anchored off the Essex coast, it brought a new wave of music and entertainment to eager ears. Before these rebellious ventures came into existence, it was the BBC that first established its dominance in 1935. With Marconi's revolutionary radio apparatus paving the way for mass communication, British households were introduced to a world of news reports and captivating dramas. Across continents and oceans alike, radio became an international phenomenon. From Danny Kaye entertaining audiences through RKO Radio to Marconi's groundbreaking wireless telegraph apparatus capturing imaginations in 1899-1900 – this medium transcended borders. In Britain's golden era entertainment during World War II, beloved characters like Archie Andrews accompanied by ventriloquist Peter Brough enchanted families while Vera Lynn's angelic voice provided solace amidst chaos. And who could forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing their way into our hearts through crackling speakers? Even renowned illustrator W. Heath Robinson found inspiration within this realm of sound waves as he depicted Alexandra Palace – home to BBC transmissions – with its towering transmitters reaching towards infinite possibilities. Radio has been more than just a means of transmitting information; it has woven itself into our cultural fabric. It continues to be a timeless companion that connects us, entertains us, and sparks our imagination.