Since our Stories from the Stores exhibition finished, staff and volunteers are still busy working on the social history collection. Work has continued on the audit, adding information and images to our database, and looking through some stories you left whilst visiting the exhibition.
As Bush Radio was a local factory, it was no surprise that many of you had stories relating to our radios. Some of our visitors told us about the work they did at the factory, including June Warmingby who told us,“I used to work for Bush Radio between 1960-64. I’d buy all of the components and liaised with factory and drawing departments. The site was called Ernesettle, just below the Tamar bridge.”
We also got some very detailed information about this object in particular, which is a DAC90A. Mr Saunders, who worked at Bush in various departments from 1949-1967, saw it and remembered that, “the older version used larger valves, but then Mullards (from where we received the valves) produced a smaller all glass 8 pin valve, thus ensuring a smaller radio (and also better ventilation)”.
This radio was popular from the 1950s onwards. It’s a classic, and no wonder it brought back the memories! As Derek Brown said, they are “all items from my past, in London and Southampton.”