John Logie Baird

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.

John Logie Baird is, of course, featured in 'The Story of Hastings in 66 Objects'.  Hastings Museum also has archives relating to this important period in its reserve collections, as well as other pieces relating to early television history.

  • John Logie Baird with William Le Queux

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

  • 21 Linton Crescent

    Baird lived at 21 Linton Crescent for the duration ...   view

  • The first image transmitted by television
    This St John's Ambulance Medal was lent to Baird by Dr ...   view
  • Signed neon lamp
    This lamp was acquired from Baird's workshop in Queen's ...   view
  • Letter from John Logie Baird to Will Day
    Letter from John Logie Baird to Will Day from 21 Linton ...   view
  • 32 hole scanning disc

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

  • Poster
    Poster advertising Baird's demonstration of television ...   view
  • The Televisor
    The Televisor was the first commercial television recei ...   view
  • Typescript for Baird's autobiography, 1941

    In 2002 the Hastings Museum acquired 2 original ty ...   view

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