In 1964 Britain, we were still all mainly enjoying the 405 Black and White television service. Also in 1964 the 625 service had just been launched, we getting used to dual standard and the high brow content of BBC2. With each passing year receiver design improved, thinner tubes had done away with the dowdy square box and the familiar landscape cabinets were becoming the norm. There were a vast array of receiver choices to the customer but this was all about to change even further in just three short years.
RBM (Rank Bush Murphy) for the past eight years (1958) had been working in the labs on colour television. During this time and leading up to the launch of the colour service in 1967, RBM were also engaged in the design of a wide variety of specialised monitoring and test equipment that would be needed by the transmitting authorities.
In 1964 three years before the service launch, RBM released a training manual covering colour television, It was called “ColourVision Principles”. I’ve been looking for this manual for a number of years and only ever came across parts not the whole manual or the binder, that was until now. I have also managed to obtain the 5 LP records that provide an audio representation of the lecture.
The training manual will be scanned and made available in the data library.