Museum of London:
featuring...The BT Tower Exhibition
The Museum of London, in partnership with Connected - Earth held an exhibition of the Tower's history. The exhibition ran from 1st October - 30th November 2005. "BT Tower's 40th birthday. A foyer display examines this key London landmark."
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Your avid reporter (for Light Straw) called into the Museum on Saturday 22nd October 2005. The details recorded herein are a personal opinion as experienced at the time of writing. Prospective visitors to the Museum are advised to make their own enquiries as to opening times, which exhibitions are taking place, and to the availability of items in the shop, all of which may be subject to change.
The Museum has a strong focus on the fun side of learning and particularly encourages the young to participate in specially organised events. A flyer on the counter in the spacious foyer gave details of just one of the many activities...
October half term holiday events for families at the Museum of London:
Saturday 22 October 12.30-2pm & 2.30-4pm
Make a tower
Make a model of the BT tower or have a go at designing your own special tower.
venue: Museum foyer
On one of the lower level galleries, a lady in 17th century attire was telling
the story of the Great Fire of London and the audience of families with their
children were joining in and making the history come alive!
The Foyer Display
Various images and a brief history of the BT Tower, also height comparison with other modern buildings.
Display Case 1:
Programme and photograph of opening ceremony, 1965 Brochures and the BT (Post Office) Tower in popular culture, 1965 - 2000.
All items on loan from BT Archives.
This included a booklet 'The Post Office Tower London, official opening by
The Prime Minister, The RT Hon Harold Wilson OBE, MP, Friday 8 October
Photo:- The Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, opening the BT (Post Office) Tower, 8 October 1965. Next to him is the Postmaster General, Anthony Wedgwood ('Tony') Benn.
BBC Video -Dr Who The War Machines
Magazine: Dr Who Archive Feature Serial BB The War Machines.
Novel: Hardback copy (2005) of Ian McEwan's 'Saturday' (featuring the Tower on the cover).
Booklet: Post Office Tower London - Its Purpose and Construction.
Booklet * open at page 6 showing views over London and the limitations on a radio path caused by hills, buildings and the earth's curve.
* "The Post Office Tower London" 32 page booklet priced 'two shillings and sixpence' designed and produced by Holdens Press Bureau Ltd for GPO. Printed by W.S Cowell Ltd, Butter Market, Ipswich.
Display Case 2:
Brochures, coasters and souvenirs from the BT (Post Office)Tower, c.1965 - 2005.
All items on loan from BT Archives.
Ashtray, green plastic model of Tower, silver metal model, snow scene shaker, 320 piece jigsaw, phonecard, Post Office Tower medal in presentation case, material bookmark, ball point pen, spoons, Tower Suite coasters. First Day Cover to Master K. Balcerak. Certificate 'This is to certify that Kate O'Connor visited the BT Tower on 14th September 2005, signed by Tania Wilkes.
Booklet * open at page 28 showing view of restaurant.
* "The Post Office Tower London" 36 page booklet PH1676 12/70 Designed by Banks and Miles, photography by Mike Peters, printed at the Shenval Press, London and Harlow.
The Post Office Tower of London, GPO, 1967.
This was being continuously shown on a widescreen television which unfortunately
highlighted the poor quality of the original film.
connected earth - Founded by BT
This was one of the pocket-sized cards.
The Museum of London
The Museum shop has an extensive range of books, postcards and souvenirs of London which will appeal to all ages and interests.
Just one of the very many topical books available in the Museum shop.
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