British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum
Museum Friends Group
This museum needs your support. You can offer this by joining our
'Friends Group'. For an annual £10.00 donation you will
receive a news letter, invitation to social events and technical support.
To join the 'Museum Friends Group' please click here
to view or download the brochure and form (PDF format) or telephone the
museum on 020 8670 3667 and request an application form by post.
"Broadcasting is so much part of our lives that it is easy to forget just
what a difference it has made in little over eighty years. But in the
not very distant future, when the world of analogue will be preserved only
in collections of this kind, we will be grateful to the British Vintage
Wireless and Television Museum, who have kept the evidence of those early
years. It is also easy to forget just what is involved in bringing
together, housing and maintaining the collection. The Museum deserves
any help you can give it to support this important national asset."
"I will be honoured to be one of the first 'Museums Friends'."
Head of BBC Heritage
"I was fortunate enough to visit the Museum for the first time in the mid
1980s; I was foolish enough to arrive with a preconception that this was a
small private collection stored in someone's house on the outskirts of
"I regularly get information about private collections and personal
museums; collecting is a wonderful obsession that the British do so well and
indeed my own house does have more than its fair share of old radio sets and
vintage telephones. So working on the basis that if you've got more
than about eight related objects it's a 'collection' and if you arrange them
on a shelf so people can see them it's a 'museum', you may guess my shock
when Gerry Wells opened his front door and invited me in to see this
stunning collection. Hundreds of objects, beautifully cared for, many
restored to full working order, all laid out in a well thought out sequence
plus a seemingly inexhaustible flow of information about each object."
"In the 20 years since my first visit, the Museum has continued to grow;
now home to some 1,500 objects it is simply the finest collection and
display of its kind in the world. Its strengths lie in the quantity,
diversity and quality of the collection plus the expertise that surrounds
them. A collection without knowledge is useless; an object without
description, understanding and relevance is worthless. How many times
have we all visited indifferent museums with a few dusty objects, unloved
with fading captions, waiting out their life sentence in a grubby glass
case. Not so at Dulwich; here you'll find not only care and
conservation but also a passion for the subject and a depth of knowledge
which is shared, exercised and kept alive and in good health for the
generations that follow. Here's the kind of commitment that money
"Money however is needed to keep the Museum running and to ensure that
future generations are able to enjoy this magnificent collection. One
way you can help this worthwhile cause is to become a 'Friend' of the Museum
so that you can give some tangible help and at the same time feel part of
the organisation. I'm delighted and honoured to become one of the
first of the Friends of the Museum. Unable to offer any 'hands-on'
help (the 400 mile round trip is rather daunting) it gives me the
opportunity to become a stakeholder in the future of this important national
"I do hope you will join me."
Senior Curator of Television
National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford