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peterscott
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Gilbert Tomes was an employee of Baird Television Limited working in the CRT Development Laboratory under Dr. Szegho at the Crystal Palace. His diaries have given historians much useful information about life at BTL.

Quoting from: https://screenarchive.brighton.ac.uk/collection/1232/

"Gilbert Tomes was born in Dulwich, London but lived in several towns in the South East of England including Croydon, Bromley, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton and Bournemouth. Tomes had been interested in film from an early age, working with John Logie Baird on Baird's development of television; he studied at the School of Kinematography, at the Polytechnic Institute (now part of University of Westminster); later becoming a BBC cameraman. Gilbert Tomes founded 20th Century Electronics in 1945 (with Alec Tidmarsh - later to be known as Centronic Ltd), developing and producing Cathode ray and Geiger-Muller tubes for radiation detection and optical sensing. Gilbert Tomes was also one of the founding members of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers, London. In 1965 Gilbert Tomes was made a Freeman of the City of London."

Apart from his later employment as a BBC cameraman he was also an accomplished documentary film creator.

This short film shows life in Penge in 1964 and although the Crystal Palace is featured there is no reference to the BTL facilities.

https://screenarchive.brighton.ac.uk/detail/9143/

This 5 minute film shows Tomes on his wedding day:
https://screenarchive.brighton.ac.uk/detail/9720/

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Topic starter Posted : 30/11/2021 6:05 pm
peterscott
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Gilbert A.R. Tomes (1914–2008) - Bairdtelevision.com

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Topic starter Posted : 30/11/2021 6:39 pm
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On the Penge film is my school bus #75. In those days it went as far as Woolwich.

The fashions and cars are very memorable.

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Posted : 03/12/2021 6:57 pm
peterscott
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@sundog Yes, a very different world. I'm sure we're far from alone in remembering it.

Peter.

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Topic starter Posted : 04/12/2021 3:35 pm