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The Alexandra Palace Television Society (A.P.T.S.) was founded in 1993 by Michael Henderson because virtually nobody had written about what it was like making programmes, in two tiny studios, on a shoestring budget with equipment likely to break down at any second. A dedicated team willingly worked long hours using their wide variety of artistic and engineering skills to improvise and learn on the job how to use this new medium.
Further, journalists and broadcast writers, too young to have known those days, were writing articles with gross inaccuracies, becoming perpetuated in cuttings files. Before those of us who knew all died, perhaps we ought to try to set history straight.
Anyone who worked for BBC Television at Alexandra Palace from 1936 onwards, whether behind the scenes, performing in front of the cameras or on the studio or outside broadcast crews, is eligible.
The Society's main working purpose is to hold recording sessions in small groups, varying from solos, to a maximum of eight people, but mostly in three’s or four’s.
Oxford University Modern History Department has warmly called the Society's material ‘living history’ and socially is interested in where the World’s first television service was recruited from.
Every year on the first Friday in June, if possible, an annual Reunion Lunch is held at AP. For details please contact the Archivist.