Daventry’s role in broadcast history

MHDE-16-02-12-Museum-Feb34'Rod Viveash with transmitting radio valve from 1930's and portable radio from 1920's, in preparation of Town council museum exhibition about the BBC broadcasting in Daventry
MHDE-16-02-12-Museum-Feb34'Rod Viveash with transmitting radio valve from 1930's and portable radio from 1920's, in preparation of Town council museum exhibition about the BBC broadcasting in Daventry

AN EXHIBITION charting the history of BBC transmission from Daventry will be on display next month.

Daventry Town Council Museum will be open on Saturday, March 3 from 10am until 4pm to exhibit ‘Daventry Calling the World’.

In 1925 the newly-created BBC constructed a broadcasting station on Borough Hill.

Daventry was chosen because it was the point of maximum contact with the land mass of England and Wales.

From 1932 the BBC Empire Service (now the BBC World Service) was broadcast from the town.

The exhibition will look at the history of transmission from Borough Hill from 1925 until its closure in 1992.

A collection of short wave transmitter parts will be on display alongside various other artefacts, photos and information.

The exhibition has been put together by Rod Viveash, with help from other retired BBC engineers.

Mr Viveash, now a museum volunteer, had a career at the BBC spanning some 32 years.

He started out as a transmitter engineer and ended it as a senior maintenance engineer.

He has always had a special interest in old transmitters and their history and said that when he realised how much of the heritage of Borough Hill was in Daventry Town Council Museum he was keen to see it on display.

Mr Viveash said: “It’s been 20 years since the station closed down so this exhibition will be marking that.

“It will also be 80 years in December since the station was launched so we will also be looking at that.

“We’ve been researching dates and when things happened and we are very much looking forward to hosting the exhibition.”

The exhibition will also be on display at the town council museum on Saturday, April 7 and Saturday, May 5.

Children will be able to participate in activities throughout the day.

Families are welcome and entrance is free for all.