British Universities Film & Video Council

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The Alexandra Palace Televison Society has been in existence since 1993 and during that time has steadily increased the number of items within the Archive. From an initial 400 items the Archive currently stands at nearly 5,000 individual items.

At present there are over 50 hours of audio tapes, usually recorded in group sessions, of three or more. Mostly they contain reminiscences of working live at Alexandra Palace and various television practices during the formative years of the television service and during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.

Archive film from the pre-war era give an insight to the type of programming that was available to the small quantity of pioneer viewers. Post-war programmes show how the television service developed during the years of expansion.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Still Images
The Archive contains both publicity and personal photographs, depicting all areas of the television service, both pre and post-war.

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