Baird Archive on display

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GLASGOW  University is to host an event next month to display the John Logie Baird Archive materials it purchased last year.

It will be held on Thursday April 14 from 6-8pm in the Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre and is open to the public.

Last September the University Library, with generous financial assistance from an anonymous donor, purchased a very important part of the John Logie Baird Story — the Baird/Clapp archive.

Anyone wanting to attend the event to celebrate the procurement of these historical items and listen to a series of speakers must register here.

There will be a special exhibition display of the archival materials. The archive consists of Benjamin Clapp’s radio log books for the USA receiving station and his amateur radio station used in the transmission, related paper ephemera, and a gramophone “Phonovision” disc containing an early video recording made on September 20 1927.

It is the earliest Phonovision disc in existence, and thus the world’s earliest surviving video recording.