The Science and Industry Museum has unveiled a new exhibition celebrating the BBC’s presence, influence and inspirations in Manchester for a century.

Here until February 2023, the display features never-before-seen objects and photographs, chronicling the city’s unique technological innovations, forging a path from its first radio station to the current BBC headquarters in Salford. 

Alongside fourteen fascinating objects and photographs, visitors can listen to original broadcasts across history, as once beamed out by the hundred-year-old Trafford Park radio transmission valve on display—one of the only surviving items from the home of Manchester’s first station, 2ZY. Pictures capture daily life at the BBC, from candid snaps of beloved children’s presenters to poignant images of listeners tuning in around the city. 

The exhibit traces the studio’s rich local history to the present day, and visitors can explore the latest technological revelations from the BBC’s Research and Development labs at MediaCityUK. Here, inventors and mechanics constantly experiment with ways in which to shape our listening and viewing experience, producing intelligent cybernetics like BBC Perceptive Radio, which automatically adjusts volume and speech clarity to stand out against the user’s background environment.

This display forms part of the Science Museum Group’s Broadcast 100 celebration, marking the 100th anniversary of the BBC and the 40th anniversary of Channel 4.


A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Tue 12 Apr - Wed 1 Feb, Science and Industry Museum,
Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Thu 21 Apr 2022