Museum objects tell a story

PUBLISHED: 12:49 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 18:00 31 May 2010

Susan Collier with the 1948 television Picture: MICHAEL BOYTON

Susan Collier with the 1948 television Picture: MICHAEL BOYTON

THIS example of when the small screen really was the small screen is part of an exhibition running at Saffron Walden Museum at the moment. The vintage TV set, bought in 1948, is one of the fascinating items in the museum s Every Object Tells a Story exh

THIS example of when the 'small screen' really was the small screen is part of an exhibition running at Saffron Walden Museum at the moment.

The vintage TV set, bought in 1948, is one of the fascinating items in the museum's Every Object Tells a Story exhibition, running until April 6.

Exhibition officer Susan Collier said: "This television, bought for £99 by William Baker of Elsenham in 1948, was only the third TV in the village.

"It has been kindly given to the museum by his son Gordon. Originally, it would have had a floor-standing magnifier to increase the size of the nine-inch-square image. All of the items on display have come to the museum in the last few years and are well worth a look."

Among the other exhibits are a bowler hat that belonged to R.A. Butler, Saffron Walden's MP from 1929 to 1965 and a knife made from British car springs.

Because of space, only 10 per cent of the museum's total exhibits are displayed at one time. The museum hopes that, if its lottery funding bid is successful, it will house them all in the Heritage Quest Centre.

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