The BBC London Television Station at Alexandra Palace

'Short Wave World' magazine, October 1936

This famous cutaway image of Alexandra Palace was produced to show an eager public how the construction of the London Television Station looked when nearing completion in Autumn 1936. As you can plainly see, the diagram is very detailed and this came as a direct result of having access to Alexandra Palace during the actual construction and installation process. This cutaway diagram shows a large number of changes from the original concept drawings which were published eleven months earlier in 'Television & Short-Wave' magazine, November 1935.


Click on the numbered boxes next to the red arrows
in the cutaway picture of Alexandra Palace below:

1. This corridor which ran the entire length of both studios was used to gain access to both the studios, the dressing rooms and also the set and equipment storage areas.
2. Studio B. Formerly the Baird Studio. In places the original 1930s patterned wallpaper is still just visible
3. The Baird Control Room. Today, this is hardly recognisable from the image of 1936.
4. The Baird Spotlight Studio. Though the ceiling has been removed and the area above long since gone, you can just about imagine how this must have looked from the diagram.
5. The gantry above the Marconi/EMI Control Room. This huge metal gantry is the control gallery.
6. Through the window in the top left of Studio A, the producer would look down from the Marconi/EMI Control Room at proceedings.
7. The transmission mast on the south east tower. Though the mast remains, it no longer transmits television signals from Alexandra Palace, but relays boosted signals for North London. It also acts as a relay for mobile telecommunications.

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