To my Vintage Colour Television Shop, Museum & collection, below are photos taken from my private museum come workshop. In these following photos, you’ll have a brief look around the shop. The main display areas are split over two levels. Top level, access to storeroom and upper display area, lower level, second display area, main workbench with components and access to garden.
Approximately 40ft long x 9ft wide, presented as a period TV shop from the 1970s, with plenty of shop period advertising, lighting, posters, brochures and other such memorabilia. There is an authentic shop feel about the place with background music system playing tunes on a period correct TP48 Reditune background system. It not only does it look and feel like a 70s TV shop, it smells like one and sounds now sounds like one.
I’ve been collecting and restoring vintage TVs for over 14-years now, the collection focuses on Colour Television, and covering a period from 1967 to 1986. So you’ll find the first colour televisions that were available to the public when the colour service launched in the UK. TVs such as the 25″ Dual-Standard Baird M702W & 19″ M708. The superb Thorn 2000 Dual-Standard in 19″ and 25″, the world’s first all transistor colour television. Many TVs from the boom years of the 1970s, including two super rare Thorn 4000-series sets, hardly if any of these survive in the UK. Of course the collection would not be complete with representation of VCR, Laser a CED, all which changed the face of home entertainment.
Not forgetting Teletext, which is represented by a number of early Teletext set-top boxes and of course televisions with it built in. The museum has its own signals, so test cards and 15 Teletext pages can be displayed on the TV’s
The museum and workshop project started as ‘lock-down’ project where I finally realised my ambition to get the collection out of a single storage room, into a purpose built display. This project was finally completed mid 2022 and, as you can see, already all available space has been used.
Come with me as we go back in time to the 1970s, and look around the TV shop.
To view each TV in detail, you’ll need to read the repair blogs