John Logie Baird arrived in Hastings early in 1923 to convalesce from a bad bout of ill health. Over the following 18 months he carried out experiments that led in 1925 to the transmission of the first true television image, the painted wooden head of Stooky Bill at Baird's workshop in Frith Street, Soho.
However it was in Hastings that he produced the first shadowy outline of an object, the shape of a Maltese Cross in his lodgings at Linton Crescent.
The Hastings Museum has a number of exhibits and archives relating to this important period, as well as other pieces relating to early television history. A selection is available for viewing on this website.
View the John Logie Baird Collection by visiting the Access to Archives website. From the search page, select 'Hastings Museum and Art Gallery' from the Location of Archives list, then click Search.