John Logie Baird

John Logie Baird doesn't have his own gallery but he is featured in The Story of Hastings in 66 Objects. In fact, we think he's so significant, he has 2 objects in there from his time in Hastings! The museum also has archive material relating to this important period in his experiments in television, as well as other pieces relating to early television history.

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.

  • John Logie Baird with William Le Queux and Claude Frowd
    John Logie Baird with William Le Queux

    John Logie Baird with William Le Queux, President ...

  • Linton Crescent - where Baird's first transmitting equipment was constructed
    21 Linton Crescent

    Baird lived at 21 Linton Crescent for the ...

  • St. John's Ambulance Medal lent to Baird to help with his experiments in image transmission
    The first image transmitted by television
    This St John's Ambulance Medal was lent to Baird by Dr ...
  • Lamp signed by Baird
    Signed neon lamp
    This lamp was acquired from Baird's workshop in ...
  • Letter from Baird to Will Day describing the successful transmission of moving shadows, albeit broken and indistinct
    Letter from John Logie Baird to Will Day
    Letter from John Logie Baird to Will Day from 21 ...
  • Disc used by Baird to demonstrate to members of the Royal Institution
    32 hole scanning disc

    This appears to have been the disc used by Baird ...

  • Poster advertising Barid's demonstration of television at the London Coliseum, 28 July 1930
    Poster advertising Baird's demonstration of television ...
  • The Televisor - the first commerical television receiving set produced by the Baird Company
    The Televisor
    The Televisor was the first commercial television ...
  • Original typescript of John Logie Baird's autobiography
    Typescript for Baird's autobiography, 1941

    In 2002 the Hastings Museum acquired 2 original ...

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