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Old 18th May 2024, 8:01 pm   #1
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Default BECG Broadcast Engineering Museum late May opening days

Just a quick reminder that our Broadcast Engineering Museum late May opening days are now just a week away!

For more details, see: https://becg.org.uk/event/late-may-opening-days/
May 25 and May 26 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Lots to see - many new acquisitions and lots of developments with our building. One of the new items on display is the huge Harris BBC1 UHF analogue TV transmitter that was saved by the late Lucien Nunes and friends.

We're working very hard to be ready in time - so much still to do. Any offers of help welcome!

We look forward to welcoming old friends and new visitors to our former RAF Hemswell sergeants' mess home, right next door to the largest antiques centre in Europe.

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Old 23rd May 2024, 9:37 pm   #2
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Just one more day of prep to go! The building is looking so much better and the grounds are well tended. Inside we have lots of working kit, now including an RCA TR70B Quadruplex VTR, multiple cameras, telecines, other VTRS, OB trucks, and lots more. Other items include Marconi Stiller and Philips Miller recorders from the 1930s, as well as our huge Harris UHF TV transmitter, parts of a Marconi BD272, a CAT9 valve from Alexandra Palace, an Eidophor projector and the list goes on. Our bar will be open for teas, coffees, soft drinks and biscuits. We need a name for our tea/coffee bar - any ideas? Hope to see you there.
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We need a name for our tea/coffee bar - any ideas? .
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Old 24th May 2024, 7:04 am   #4
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.We need a name for our tea/coffee bar - any ideas? Hope to see you there.
Fool on the Hill?

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Old 24th May 2024, 8:07 am   #5
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We're only on a bit of a hill - the Lincoln edge! Things to do with scanning, transmitting and recording are all good. 'Green room' has also been suggested, but that's from the arts world of broadcasting. 'Quad and Terminator' is another - after the trend for daft pub names like 'Rat and Parrot'!

We have a major grant application in for the main hall (which we now call Studio 2) to re-do the flat roof covering, double-glazed windows, heating, better disabled access etc. which includes the bar area. The facilities will also be available to the residents of the village (Hemswell Cliff) as a kind of village hall. It's win win for everyone if the grant comes through (we will know June 3rd), so we're trying to come up with a name before we (hopefully) announce the grant. It's very much fingers crossed because until now all major funding for this project has come from the generosity of individuals, not companies or grant awarders. We did have some money from West Lindsey District Council towards repairing our almost 200 panes of broken glass, but we've come a long way since that stage.

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Old 24th May 2024, 8:17 am   #6
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I think that Mike was suggesting the name was from the opening of AP in 1936, (The fools on the hill), not any local museum hill.

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More cafe names.....

The 405 bar

The 1936 bar
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Surely it has to be The Pulse and Bar.
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Surely it has to be The Pulse and Bar.
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At LWT the area where the public came into the building to watch shows was called 'Audience Reception'.
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I was going to suggest "The Plug And Socket" or "The Jack And Socket", but "The Pulse And Bar" is much better.
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"Interlude"

"Roll v Tea"

"The Clown & Blackboard"

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Whatever you call it, you could have authentc interlude music playing in the cafe for an authentic BBC vibe. Add a few selected continuity announcements to spice it up a bit.

I too like Pulse and Bar. I was going to suggest "The Potter's Wheel" otherwise.

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Old 24th May 2024, 4:28 pm   #14
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And don't forget The Pulse and Bar comes with a royalty free logo (the test card itself) just don't forget that the System I version (which I presume the BBC used) is a wee bit different ;-)
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Of course it could also be 'Bars & Tone' Or perhaps the PLUGE Bar!

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As the Bar also dispenses Tea & coffee...
Maybe ' The 2T Puse & Bar'

That's awful, I'll go away.
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Old 24th May 2024, 9:18 pm   #17
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Default Re: BECG Broadcast Engineering Museum late May opening days

Thanks for all the suggestions. Probably looking for something not too 'BBC' - we cover all broadcasters, including international.

Re: << I think that Mike was suggesting the name was from the opening of AP in 1936, (The fools on the hill), not any local museum hill. >>

I realised that's what was being referred too - I was just playing the game linking it to our 'hill' which is what many lay visitors may assume.

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"The Alexandra."......with big photo of AP over the bar counter.

No matter what name is chosen you could have photos of equipment on the walls
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"Mendlesham Biscuit".
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The Selsdon after Lord Selsdon
Or Savoy after the hill.
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